It’s a little hard for me to believe that we’re already three quarters of the way through our CSA share for the year — just of more of my on-going denial about summer’s end as we draw into autumn. No winter squashes yet, although I did see them looking very promising all piled in boxes when we went to pick up this week’s box. Maybe next week!
This week’s bounty included golden beets (which apparently have extra-delicious greens; the farm email went so far as to say that they are “tastier than any chard [they’d] ever had” which, while not exactly a glowing endorsement in my books, is enough to prompt me to try them), a beautiful head of pointy-leaved lettuce, slightly bigger onions (I’m shocked to say that I’m actually not keeping up with our influx of onions; I’m developing a little stash!), a bag of small sweet peppers, a hot yellow pepper, parsley, garlic and our first celery of the year. The email warned that the celery wouldn’t be great for eating raw, but would be great in soups or stews. Given the veggies in this week’s box, I plan on making gumbo sometime this week, and with all the gloriously fresh celery leaves? Celery salt of course!
Because I am a lover of collages, here’s a look at our trip through this year’s CSA, now that we’re three quarters of the way through it:
I have to say that I am really happy with the variety thus far (yes, I’ll be tabulating at the end!), and am looking forward to seeing what the fall crops will be. (Can you believe I’m actually excited about winter squash?) I dropped our cheque in the mail this morning to sign up for next year’s season, as well, so I guess one of my wishes has come true: we’ve found a farm to stick with for veggies! Hurray!
In less happy news (although you wouldn’t tell it by watching my front yard), on our walk this morning, The Smelly and I acquired a tail:
This little pooch (can’t tell what it is; I thought boxer, the vet thought Staffordshire, the mailman thought French bulldog, some folks think pug or part-pitbull) orbited us for a good stretch of the walk. Not wanting to risk having it run out into the road on its own, I figured it could stay in the yard and play with The Smelly till The Boy and I figure out what to do. (One nice perk of working from home, I guess. Couldn’t have done it if I’d been leaving for the office.) As an added bonus, now our dog will be tired while we’re out at the fair! In general, the little dog is fairly well-behaved, and the two of them have definitely been playing well together.
Sadly, this dog has neither tags nor microchip. We’ve called both the humane society and the city to see if any lost dog reports have been filed, as well as checking Kijiji (where I also posted a “found” ad). The Boy and I will try taking the puppy (whom I’ve dubbed “Lostie” for the time being) around the neighbourhood when he gets home. If that doesn’t pan out… I guess we’ll call the city to come collect little Lostie. Send happy “get found soon” thoughts!