Thursday, June 18, 2009

Grow Alabama: The Motherlode Begins

So, this is the week I am supposed to begin my CSA deliveries from Grow Alabama. The nice lady at the CSA told me that they would be able to deliver way out into my podunk neck of the woods, which was great. She wasn't sure whether that would come on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. That was fine by me, as long as they came period. Well Tuesday came and went, same for Wednesday. I was getting a little antsy coming home tonight, but I found a wonderful sight waiting for me in the kitchen:

What a haul! I'm glad I got this for bi-weekly because I'm not sure how the two of us would ever put away this many groceries in a single week. Some of the stuff we were looking for was in here, some wasn't. I was kind of sad to see they didn't have beets with the greens, but pleasantly surprised to have potatoes, bell peppers, and cucumbers. Here's the total haul:

  • HUGE head of Napa Cabbage
  • 2 green Tomatoes
  • 4 yellow onions
  • 3 purple onions
  • 3 green bell peppers
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 4 cucumbers
  • 5 yellow squash
  • Big pile of pole beans
  • 10 new potatoes
  • 3 massive heads of broccoli
  • 5 Chilton County peaches
In short, a titanic sum of fruit and veg. Now the really fun part begins, which is to figure out how to creatively turn this stuff into chow. A lot of the stuff in here are things I don't usually cook with (squash and pole beans for one), so I'm excited to think outside of the box and to make it happen.


bob said...

for the squash and green tomato there is nothing else to do but batter in corn meal and fry them up

Chuck said...

I love making fried green tomatoes, so that was definitely a part of the plan :)

Fry the squash you say? I'm down with it. Firm believer that frying does actually make everything taste better!

Jen said...

Mmmmmm... look at all that produce! You're making me hungry! lol

The squash is also pretty good roasted or in a wonderful casserole with cheese and milk, topped with bread crumbs.

Yum... :)

Chuck said...

Oooh a squash gratin? That's a very very very good idea and I'm liking it.