Week 1 Veg box

So recently we bought a share of the Grow Alabama CSA. Each week they will send us a big box of veggies, and we have to figure out what to do with them. The veggies are all (mostly) grown in Alabama, and they contract with the farmers that no chemicals be used. We’re taking it as a challenge to see what we will eat, and how creative we may have to be to enjoy some of these veggies. The good news is that if there is something that we decide we just hate, we can always get that item substituted. We still aren’t sure how this is going to work out for us. Today, though, we got our first Veg box! And it is a lot of vegetables. Here’s a pic:

From December 2008

We got collard greens, grape tomatoes, carrots, romaine lettuce, cabbage, persimmons, grapefruit, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and rutabagas. Now admittedly, we’re searching around on the internet to find recipes to cook some of these things. Neither of us thinks that we’ll like just cooked greens, so we’re going to try this two bean soup with ham. I think we’re going to try a casserole for the cabbage. I have no idea what to do with the rutabagas, and am still unsure what we’ll do with the persimmons. Everything else we should have no problem eating either in a salad, or cooked.

We’re very excited about this challenge of figuring out what to do with these things. We’re happy that we’re supporting farmers within our own state and that our veggies are fresh as they are no more than 48 hours from the field. I just hope that we can keep the enthusiasm throughout the year.

I’ll try to post updates on how we’re using some of the more odd vegetables and how we liked them. If anyone has any suggestions for anything out of our vegbox, feel free to let us know!

9 thoughts on “Week 1 Veg box”

  1. You can ask mama Gean I heard Daddy Bill said he loved rutabagas. They could tell ya how to cook them you might like them too. Love ya mamaw

  2. For collard greens, Good Eats has got a great recipe. Sean and I got some in our pack for the veggie group we’re a part of out here and we really enjoyed them.

    For rutabagas, strawberry and rutabaga pie is always tasty for me.

    I have to admit that after Sean and I joined one out here, we’ve certainly started trying new recipes more often, which is refreshing from our standard set of recipes we always use. Hope this works out for you!

  3. Thanks Kat! Did you guys like the greens? We’re always open to suggestions for these things. I hope that we’ll enjoy all these veggies coming in throughout the year.

  4. I love rutabagas! Keep in mind they stink to high heaven when you cook them. I let my folks cook them and eat them at their house. My BIL came home one time when my sister cooked them (I guess for the first time), he threw the pan and everything away because he thought they were ruined (I should say ruint :)).

  5. I had never had rutabagas before! We made the R&R pudding mentioned above. It tastes kind of like a corn pudding, which is not bad! I don’t remember it stinking, but we had several other things going in the kitchen too. This has been a weekend full of cooking! We still have a couple of rutabagas left too, even after making the pudding.

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