Sunday, November 27, 2011

At the Farm

Yesterday was a great day at the farm.  We had a very busy member day - so great to see everyone pick up their shares when you know they've all got Thanksgiving leftovers filling up the fridge!  I heard more than one person say they "needed their greens" to supplement all the corn and mashed potatoes at home.  Love hearing that!  One member in particular told me she was excited to try out collard greens so much after we discussed it last weekend that she made up a batch to serve at her family's Thanksgiving.  They were a smash hit and leftovers were scarce.  Don't forget how much those things cook down!

After weeks of planting and nurturing all the plants and watching them grow, it all finally paid off!  I was able to bring home my own member's share of produce.  

First thing's first: Wash everything and bag it up for the fridge.  I need this stuff to be ready to go whenever I need it!

My bounty

So this whole time, I'm staring at all the green drying out and thinking about everything I can do with it.  I love having so much fresh produce at my disposal - a stocked fridge (and stocked pantry) is one of my favorite things in life.  But with this much produce I've also got to be considering shelf life and how I can use it all up before it goes bad.  This usually means inviting a few friends over for an impromptu "clean out the fridge night" dinner.

I also came home today with quite a bit of fresh herbs from the farm.  Lucky for me, my girlfriend appreciates all the fresh herbs too and doesn't mind when I take over the kitchen to hang them all to dry!

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