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!