Oh it’s nice to be getting fresh veggies! It’s still a bit of a mental adjustment for me to not put any veggies on my grocery lists every week. I wonder if I’ll ever get used to that? Time will tell. In the meantime, what is obviating my need to buy veggies at the store this week?
A pretty sizeable lettuce (definitely bigger than last year’s lettuce were), a couple kale fronds, a smaller bag of mesclun*, more scapes and a herb bunch of my choosing. There were sage, oregano and lemon thyme available, and of those three, I chose the lemon thyme. It seems the most versatile and also I love it on fish.
* And thank goodness for that. My own lettuce patch (only one square foot!) is going crazy and I’m having trouble keeping up with it. I stripped it bare before the long weekend and gave some away, but it has come back (without bolting) with a vengeance and just sits there, demanding eatage. Eeep!
So, I’m a little disappointed at the lack of radishes or turnips (maybe next week), or peas for that matter, although I wasn’t totally surprised. At least my own peas have been spawning pods with vigour — so tasty! I’m looking forward to seeing the scapes go out of the boxes in exchange for more root crops. (I know, can you believe I’m saying that?!) It’s not that I’m tired of them (although surprisingly I am getting there), it’s just… you know, I’m excited about the sharper, earthier flavours I know are coming too. I guess this is what seasonal eating is all about: looking forward to things being at their best!
It occurs to me that for all my chatter about how much I like this year’s farm, how close it is, the awesome emails and all that, I never actually posted pictures from their “open house” back in early June. How inconsiderate of me! I apologize in advance for the crappiness of the pictures — I love my cellphone, but its built-in camera isn’t the best. Also: I was pretty much distracted by all the critters, and took pictures of them, rather than of, say, the farm. Whoops. There’s an upcoming potluck though, so maybe I’ll do a better job then. Unless their puppy (Thuja) is around, of course, in which case I’ll likely take no pictures at all.
In the meantime, allow me to introduce one of the three resident roosters, Zorro:
Zorro apparently keeps all three roosters in line. I can’t remember the name of the third-ranked guy, but I completely fell in love with the plumage of Cauchemar (what a name for such a handsome rooster!):
After meeting the roosters and ducks, who were scratching about outside, we headed into the barn, where there were a couple hens roosting… and one of them had decided to break free of her cubby. Freedom from the cubicle! (And here you thought that was just a human plight.)
After that, it was back outside, where I was shocked to find… geese that I didn’t hate. Folks, I live in Canada. We have many, many Canada geese (because they’re protected). I don’t know if you’ve ever been sassed by these things, but they are loud, obnoxious, poop everywhere and are generally a nuisance that could be feeding hungry people instead of stripping parks of food for smaller fowl. I loathe the Canada goose. (Anyone who’s about to tell me I’m un-patriotic can shut it. If Canada had a national bird, it should be the loon.)
Anyway, due to my extreme dislike, I had pretty much broadened my feelings to encompass all geese. I mean, they’re pretty much all loud, excessively greasy, and overly gamey-tasting, right? Probably. But these goslings? These teensy, 5-week-old balls of fluff? Totally won me over with their quiet peeping as they flocked around, avoiding the folks on the tour. I took many a picture trying to capture their cuteness, but they were extremely camera-shy. This was the best I managed:
So cute! Others, admittedly, were far more blasé about being photographed:
So there you have it: some snapshots from our CSA!