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April 16, 2014

I’m a big fan of our every-two-weeks CSA service (Community Supported Agriculture).  Even though I’m not the one doing the cooking, I’m thrilled to get the box. Cooking is one of those things I’m certain I will get around to in the not too distant future, but for now I’m not doing much, if any, of it.  Still, I love the CSA box.

I’m the one who takes care of the box each time, though. It’s not that small a task. I end up going through the refrigerator and evaluating the current stash of produce, which… between these boxes and the normal accumulation of produce each week, we have a ton of.  I remove all the stuff that’s spoiled (more than I’d like to admit) and I organize all the new stuff, meaning I trim excess growth off certain things, wash & prep others for use, consolidate redundant items, etc. And I generally tidy up the various boxes into which all the new produce goes. In some ways, it’s nice because it’s a way of cleaning out the refrigerator on a very regular basis, and that’s a good thing, right? But it’s also a fair amount of work each time we bring home the box.

And STILL, I love the CSA box.

We’ve been ordering these from Eatwell now for about two years. In that time, we’ve settled into the seasonal rhythms–certain things come in spring, other things in summer, and so on. The variety over the year is nice.

This is the first time we’ve received these, though!

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(Nice blurry photo, huh?)

They’re tiny and remind me of some fantastic artichokes we ate when we were in Italy about 7 years ago. I’m not sure they are the same, but I’m very excited to cook them up and see.

We also got some of this, which is new:

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No idea yet how we’ll use this, but eager to try it.

We got some interesting mutant strawberries (very mutant), but my attempts tonight with macro were mostly terrible–the above photos being the best of the bunch–so no picture of the quintuple, bulbousy strawberry.

Here’s a list of this week’s haul…  some very good looking stuff in there…

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