Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A Case for Lateness

Since Nate is rocking the Jersey route these days, it was I who ran out of work at 6pm to try and make the farm share pickup on time. For the CSA allows you to pick up your bounty from 4:30 to 7:30 and from 4:30 to 7:30 only -- and if the two times I've been there near 7 have been any indication, that 7:30pm timeframe might be purely theoretical. Last time I went to pick up near the witching hour, I was punished with getting no fruit -- it had all run out, and they were offering a double share the next week (when we were in France, bummer!) But this time, I feel my late arrival was richly rewarded. For example, they were out of snap beans and arugula, of which we were to take 2 lbs and 1/2 lb, respectively. But since they were out, in their place I got an additional fennel (score!) and a bunch of chives (also score!) -- both of which I like better than the original share allotment. Advantage: us.

This is what we took home this week: 5 giant ears of corn, 1 lb of potatoes, 1 head of lettuce, 3 zucchini, 2 bulbs of fennel, 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, 1 orange pepper, 1 green pepper, 1 bunch of chives, 1 bunch of dill.

We also got an eggplant that, viewed from a certain angle, looks like the face of the man in the moon.

Unfortunately, the old Tuesday dilemma is/was in full effect: what to make at 7:30pm? The double jeopardy was that Nate's campaign to rid our freezer, shelves and fridge of hangers-on meant that the cupboards were bare, devoid of any meats, pastas, main dishes of any kinds.

Hey, y'all! It's Nate comin' at ya! Jen told me to write about the salad because I made (read: assembled) it. Well, merely took what we had lying around and combined it. That's about it! We had some green zebra tomato left so I put that on some of the Satur Farms greens, some Coach Farms goat cheese, slivered almonds, some of the dill and avocado.

Now back to our cheatin' ways . . .

So we ordered a rotisserie chicken. And baked beans. And cornbread. I sauteed some garlic and then steamed the green beans left over from last week's share with said garlic. We served that with the delivery and a baked potato (again, last week's share), and, all in all, it was delicious.

For dessert, we had a redux of the brilliant brownie, peach and ice cream combo. Delish. Then we looked at car insurance quotes online. It was a rad night.

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