It’s Not Easy Being Green
July 2nd, 2009
A friend from my small group is on vacation for a
month this summer, and she asked if I wanted to take over her CSA share in her absence. (CSA = Community Supported Agriculture. Basically you sign up to receive a big old box of produce from local farms once a week. You don’t get to pick what’s in it — they just send what they’ve got.) In a moment of bravery and adventurousness, I said yes.
I felt very green and savvy and hip marching up to the porch of the delivery point and picking up my big crate-o-veggies.
Then I got it home, realized I didn’t know what half the stuff was, and felt considerably less savvy and not at all hip.
To my credit, I was actually able to identify the following:
2 huge zucchini
1 yellow summer squash
1 bag of fresh rosemary
1 bunch of parsley
1 bunch of the biggest green onions I’ve ever seen in my life
1 head of bibb-style lettuce
1 bag of some other sort of lettuce-type green that I’ve encountered in salads before
1 bag of spinach
8 small new potatoes
1 bunch of beets (with green tops — apparently that part’s good for you, too)
You always hear about “kale” so I googled it and the picture matches one of the other bundles of green stuff. A bit more web searching revealed that the monstrous bunch of leafy greens with the white base was Chinese cabbage. That leaves one more bundle of green that I can’t identify.
I’m going to have my friend Meg (who has far more green credentials than I) over to help me figure out what it is…and what the heck I’m supposed to do with the rest of it!
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