Thursday, January 15, 2009

on the menu



Before I get to explaining the vegetables, I have to say a huge thank you to this kind lady who posted about me and my shop sale! Bliss is a spot I go to every day for a dose of beauty and I feel really honored that Traci was kind enough to mention me.

Now for the vegetables:
I haven't been posting too much about food lately, but believe me, I have been thinking about it! This winter we bought a share from Enterprise Farm, an organic farm out in western MA that comes to our city farmer's market every week, spring through late fall. Now we get a big box of assorted organic vegetables each week from Enterprise and are no longer slaves to Whole Foods for our veggies. I like Whole Foods, but it's really nice to be able to buy vegetables and fruit from a small organic farm that's local, although they partner with other small farms farther south to bring us some of the produce. Anyway, long story short, cooking with vegetables like kale, turnips, cabbage (things I normally wouldn't seek out to cook with) has inspired me to try new things, and these veggies we're getting taste so fresh...I swear I can tell the difference from the grocery store produce. Plus it's less expensive. So, the blackboard menu tells what we've been eating this week. It's not easy to get the kids to eat some of this stuff, just so you know, but they try it. When the box arrived yesterday, both kids separately asked me if there was any kale. And rejoiced when I said no. Oh, and my bible to cook with these days: Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison.

7 comments:

Miss Aimee said...

Came over through Bliss. LOVE your blog. I may just have to add it to my daily blog reads. Be back soon. :) cheers

Jill said...

thank you, Miss Aimee! so nice that you visited!

Bohemian girl said...

Looks yummy! I might use your black board menu as my menu for this week. Of course I will have to change it a bit. So, if I understand well, you bought the share, you practically do not have to put hands on it and you get the stuff that they produce cheaper, is that right? Sorry for curiosity, we don't have it here.

ms. less is always more said...

Cool - our family has joined a csa farm for spring/summer/fall 2009 - I can't wait to start getting all of those fresh veggies! I too am a little nervous about the ones I've never tried or wouldn't usually buy! Hopefully you'll be posting some yummy recipes for us too!

Jill said...

hi Bohemian girl, so the farm share works like this: we (and lots of others in our local community) pay a flat fee every week to the farm for them to bring in a box of vegetables to the city for us. we don't get to choose the vegetables...it's a random selection of what's in season. some fruit, lots of root vegetables and winter vegetables like onions,garlic, squash, cabbage, kale, celery root, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrots. it's cheaper than the grocery store because we're buying direct from the farmer, no middle man or retail overhead to pay for. it's fresher since it's local or at least from the east coast of the USA. but isn't it funny that we don't have to do any of the farming ourselves?? no digging, or planting, or weeding. if i want to do that, i have to go visit my parents who have a large vegetable garden in the summer! i hope this description makes the whole thing more understandable :) and please let me know what your winter vegetables are...i'm always curious about what other people eat and cook.

hi ms. less is always more, yes, i will post some recipes and suggestions. i have to tell you, i had to look some of the vegetables up on google to figure out what they were, because nothing is labelled in the box. after weeks of feeding my family raw, sliced, really big "radishes", i saw them labelled in the grocery store as turnips. hee hee. i did not know you could eat turnips raw, but you can!

Bohemian girl said...

Jill, I am sorry we don't have the same. But sometimes I see farmers selling their vegetables and fruits on the square in the town where I come from. I actually don't know exactly whether they are the farmers or just vendors, mediators. They are there randomly as a farmer would be. We have similar vegetables like you have, only we don't know sweet potatoes here. Also kale and squash you cannot get it in regular vegetable store. Which means a store run by a Vietnamese family, it is a curiosity of the local reality. They are always well supplied, have good manners and are open all the time. Everything opposed to a regular Czech shopkeeper.

Charlotte Tollstén said...

Nice to see your box of vegetables!
Looks yummy!