I still have radishes, chard, beets, a bag of lettuce, a head of panisse, and a lonely kohlrabi in the fridge. Clearly, my farm share game needs some work. The upside is that vegetables are working their way into nearly every meal we eat. I consider that a win.
The issue is time. Or rather, the issue is my willingness to spend the time cooking dinner every night. I do cook dinner most nights, but occasionally I am worn out from work or other daily trials and don’t want to make anything. These are the nights when Papa John’s comes over for dinner or Taco Bell burritos grace our table. I find that if I don’t utilize something from the farm share nearly every day, vegetables will still be squatting in my fridge when the new share comes home. This leads to carrots arguing over squatters rights and the sheriff evicting the chard. I don’t enjoy this kind of conflict.
So what does one do to avoid these problems? First, I think salad will be on the menu for every meal. Salad with the morning oatmeal, salad with lunch, salad with dinner, salad with cake…or maybe not with the cake. In any case, we need to be eating more salad around here. This starts with having some dressings on hand. Since I don’t usually buy dressing at the store, I’ll be making a batch at the beginning of the week to make impromptu salads effortless.
Second, I purchased a second vegetable home. Their current home is cramped and they are always fighting over who gets to sleep in the crisper drawer. So, I took my wife — a realtor I might add — over to Home Depot and we picked out a nice 7.6 cubic feet two story, with cherry red siding, and a retro feel. I’m talking about a mini-fridge of course, well, sort of mini. It’s halfway between an office fridge and something you would have in your kitchen, but more importantly, it’s a home the veggies get to have all to themselves. Now I will be able to see all the vegetables clearly, they will be easy to access, and most importantly, the kale and chard can be friends again.
Finally, more pickles. I plan to pickle the radishes and beets. This will at least keep them from going to waste this week and besides, I like pickles. With the above changes I should be able to make better utilization of the share. I’m still figuring out what to do with the kohlrabi though.
- Sweet Onions
- Panisse Lettuce
- Swiss Chard
- Salad Mix
- Sweet Potato
- Snap Peas
- Garlic Scapes