I was so hopeful this year when I signed up for a CSA.
I thought it would inspire me to cook, try new recipes, try new foods.
I started out strong. I ate veggies, made salads, froze what I didn’t use. I also repeatedly tried to turn kale into something edible in the form of Massaged Kale Salad. Repeatedly this failed miserably. I made Utica Greens. Not so good as the restaurant.
A big success were Beetnik Cupcakes. Not exactly the health food I envisioned when I signed up for this program.
Tuesday nights soon became dreaded. They were now dedicated to figuring out how to freeze the cache of veggies for the week. I would be up till midnight chopping, braising, baking veggies so they could be frozen.
When I could no longer keep up I started giving away veggies. First I took bags of veggies to work. I walked around and asked my employees first if they wanted any. Everyone took something, even the guy that I’ve never really seen eat much of anything but 5 Hour Energy, Mountain Dew and muffins. He says “I’ll try a cabbage” as he takes a squash. Then I would leave the remainder in the break room with a “Please help yourself, I’m overrun with veggies!” sign.
Next I gave a whole box to my Little Sister’s family. I left a week’s box on a friend’s front porch. I made another feeble attempt to start using the veggies. I baked some fennel, nibbled a roasted beet, made pickles, had Delicata Squash for dinner, made some more Beetnik Cupcakes for work, found the mason jar recipe for salads.
Then giving up again I gave two boxes to a friend who is out of work. And this month I cleaned out my fridge and took every last veggie on vacation with me to the Outerbanks with my family. What didn’t get eaten I threw away before I came home. As the months have gone on I’m ashamed by the amount of food that simply rotted in my fridge.
So tonight I forget to pick up my second to the last box on my way home as I have for the past month. I will retrieve it tomorrow and try to find some use for the veggies I will get that are meant to feed two people for a week. Next week when I pick up that final box it will be a celebration. Maybe it will be left on someone’s porch…..