Saturday, October 30, 2010

Farm share week 22

In this week's box:
  • Apples: 1.75 lbs
  • Bok choi: 0.75 lb
  • Turnips: 1.75 lbs
  • Sweet potatoes: 3 lbs
  • White potatoes: 1.75 lbs
  • Parsnips: 1 lb
  • Onion: 0.5 lb
  • Kale: 0.5 lb
Well, this is certainly an autumnal selection of vegetables... Those things that look like a cross between a beet and a rutabaga are apparently "scarlet turnips," according to this week's newsletter (PDF). Growing up in Florida, I never once ate turnips or parsnips (to the best of my knowledge), and here they've been things I might have been served at a restaurant but I've never cooked them myself.  Happy to get some more sweet potatoes, although one of them is the size of my finger (!).

And, this week's apple variety is Macoun. :)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Farm share week 21

In this week's box:
  • Carrots: 1.5 lbs
  • Acorn squash: 1 lb
  • Onions: 1.25 lbs
  • Beets: 1.5 lbs
  • Red leaf lettuce: 0.5 lb
  • Napa cabbage: 1.75 lbs
  • Collard greens: 1 lb
  • Apples 2.75 lbs
  • Parsley: 0.5
The red leaf lettuce is actually two junior-sized heads in one bag... cute and the perfect size to make a salad for two people. I love it! I wish all lettuce was small. According to this week's newsletter (PDF), it's "heirloom mini lettuce," hee. And the thing that looks like romaine lettuce is actually Napa cabbage.

The apples are Mutsu, which is a variety I learned about last year at the orchard where we picked apples -- the attendant suggested we try them. They're like Granny Smiths but without such a tough skin.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Farm share week 20

In this week's box:
  • Squash: 1.75 lbs
  • Sweet potatoes: 1.5 lbs
  • Daikon: 1 lb
  • Apples: 2 lbs
  • Potatoes: 0.75 lb
  • Bok choi: 1 lb
  • Kale: 0.75 lb
  • Lettuce: 0.75 lb
  • Arugula: 0.5 lb
  • Onions: 1 lb
  • Green pepper: 0.25 lb
This week's squash is Kabocha, according to the newsletter (PDF). I made a curry out of one of the butternut squashes this week; neither of us really liked it, though -- Carl because it was too squashy, me because it didn't have enough flavor or variety (it was just a lot of squash, with some tofu).  If I make it again, I think I would halve the amount of squash and add potatoes or something else to give it some variety (I did add some broccoli, though).  And the amount of red curry paste called for in the recipe is woefully inadequate, even for me, who orders everything "mild" at Indian restaurants.

Interesting to get a piece of daikon radish before (that's the white thing in the bag on the left).  I've seen them whole before in Asian grocery stores, but not sure if I've ever eaten daikon before. And really happy to get sweet potatoes -- those are basically a staple of my diet, but I haven't been buying them in the store since we have so many white potatoes to get through. It'll be good to have sweet potatoes back in the mix again.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Farm share week 19

In this week's box:
  • Butternut squash: 2.75 lbs
  • Broccoli: 0.75 lb
  • Apples: 2 lbs
  • Leeks: 1 lb
  • Potatoes: 3 lbs
  • Kale: 0.5 lb
  • Arugula: 0.5 lb
  • Lettuce: 0.75 lb
Now that the weather is cooling down, we seem to be getting lettuce every week again. I guess salad season is back! As mentioned in this week's newsletter (PDF), broccoli is also a cool-weather crop -- we didn't get too much of it this week, but I hope we'll get more in future shipments.

MORE potatoes! It's like the potato famine in reverse here. But, more leeks! So, more potato leek sooop... I now have two butternut squashes plus the two acorn squashes to do something with. Carl doesn't like squash, so this may be a challenge. Maybe squash soup would be tolerable?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Farm share week 18

In this week's box:
  • Carrots: 2.5 lbs
  • Apples: 2 lbs
  • Squash: 2.25 lbs
  • Cabbage: 2.75 lbs
  • Potatoes: 2 lbs
  • Beets and greens: 1.25 lbs
  • Lettuce: 0.75 lb
  • Dandelion greens: 0.5 lb
  • Parsley: 0.5 lb
It seems like we get a different variety of apples each week, which is great. According to this week's newsletter (PDF), these are Honey Crisp. And this week's squash is Acorn.

More potatoes, more carrots... fortunately they last forever in the fridge. I've never had dandelion greens, but am looking forward to trying them.