Veg Out

I was so hopeful this year when I signed up for a CSA.

My first delivery was super exciting.  I'm going to take a picture of every week's box.

My first delivery was super exciting. I’m going to take a picture of every week’s box.

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.

Massaged Kale was sooo good at that retreat I went to.

Massaged Kale was sooo good at that retreat I went to.

A big success were Beetnik Cupcakes. Not exactly the health food I envisioned when I signed up for this program.

Yummy!

Yummy!

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.

Chopped, cooked, braised , ready to freeze.

Chopped, cooked, braised , ready to freeze.

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.

Mason jar salads for lunch

Mason jar salads for lunch

Refrigerator Pickles.   Really very good.

Refrigerator Pickles. Really very good.

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…..

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