Monday, November 6, 2023

My CSA conundrum


My dear wife and I went in together and bought a Winter CSA!

A CSA, if you don't know, stands for Community Supported Agriculture. One simply pays a ton of money to some local farm and they give you a box of food every week, or, in the case of this Winter version, every two weeks. Thus a person can sort of guarantee some basic income for the farm ahead of time, and simultaneously guarantee that you will receive a massive amount of vegetables that you will be forced to somehow cook and eat whether you want to or not.

This is theoretically very healthy!

Our first box came last week. I have a cabbage- a huge red one. I have a bag of pretty yellow potatoes, two bunches of red kale, some cilantro, and a head of broccoli.

This was my share alone.

I felt virtuous just looking at all my vegetables!

Unfortunately, I wasn't all that keen to cook them. I've put it off for as long as possible and subsisted on pancakes in the morning and oysters in the half shell bought with cocktails at fancy restaurants for everything else.

But all that is done. I am out of money. I have no more pancake batter. I am hungry and have no other food options. Tonight I face a reckoning, a reckoning with Winter vegetables bursting with nourishing vitality! I have eight pounds of pure, raw vegetables to cook!

Although I'm pretty sure I have a chunk of old parmesan cheese still sitting around. 

I might just gnaw on that instead.


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