This week’s email didn’t come out till late Wednesday afternoon, but oh! how it brightened my day when it hit my inbox! I read through the list and was surprised at, as Boj said this afternoon, how non-leafy it was. This week’s share indeed has no leafy greens or leafy anythings, really, but so many exciting new components instead — behold!
Our bounty included a whole host of cute pickling cukes (bread and butter pickles, you’re my next experiment!) and one normal-sized one, a couple tomatoes, fresh garlic, a sugar baby watermelon (!), carrots, luscious basil and cilantro, and some NC-17 crookneck squash. Actually there were a number of interestingly shaped veg this week. You can’t really see it in the picture above, but check out this carrot:
Hmm, maybe it’s not super-clear from that angle either. Try this…
…I know, right?! A carrot shaped like an elephant! So weird!! People, this is what happens when you don’t buy grocery store carrots. But enough about the shape of produce. Let’s talk about that watermelon!
So when I got the email, I immediately informed The Boy that this week’s veggies! included watermelon! and wasn’t that awesome?! Genuinely impressed, The Boy commented again that he was much happier with this farm and people, for the first time since I’ve embarked on this CSA adventure, I think he was actually excited about the share. How do I know this? Because when Boj and I were divvying up the goods, during which time The Boy is normally nowhere near the kitchen, this week he was not only hovering about, but volunteered* to cut the watermelon in halves to help us along.
* I think it’s still volunteering if he squeals “I’ll cut the watermelon in half!!” before snatching it and running off to a cutting board with it. Right?
Then again, who can blame him?
It had been so long since I’ve seen a non-seedless watermelon, I’d kind of forgotten they existed. I am super-happy to have the reminder this week! I’m also excited because I had been considering planting them in our garden as a treat for The Boy — it seems ridiculous to me to buy grocery store watermelons: they’re just too big for the two of us! — and this will be a nice way to test them. I’d actually planned on ordering the seeds this past winter/spring, but the melon got nixed in favour of more tomatoes. Maybe next year!