First Day for our CSA!

Last year I took a year off from participating in a CSA because I was a bit overscheduled and I didn’t think that I could handle the Massive Produce Influx that a CSA can involve. But this year the stars aligned and it seemed that The Universe wanted me to get o a CSA share, so I headed back to Lansing’s Farm Market in Niskayuna. This year we’re going to do the slightly-more-manageable half share, but it’s still a ton of veggies. When I said that I was headed to the market, J begged to come along. Because she loves flowers.

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And she was thrilled. She started “harvesting” the blooms that had fallen off the plants.

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Plus she wanted plenty of flower photos.

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While J was gathering flowers, I was gathering vegetables. They warned us repeatedly that the early weeks are a little light, but there was plenty, with romaine & red leaf lettuce, Swiss chard, bok choy, chives, rhubarb, and scallions. I knew that they had the arugula for the full-share folks, so I asked if I could buy some for myself, since it’s my favorite green ever. And then while he was off picking me some arugula, I  realized that I had exactly $1 with me, so I offered to swap, but Al waved me off and gifted me with arugula.

 

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J, meanwhile, continued on her mission to gather fallen flowers, now with a bag for the harvest.  Soon she was getting gifts, too: they pinched extra flowers off of the plants, just as J would have liked to do if she didn’t know that that was strictly not allowed for those who weren’t on staff. Plus, she scored a donut. When offered I realized that M was going to be sad that she hadn’t come along, and J suggested something like, “Well, we can just keep the donut part quiet.” Good idea.

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I went home and managed to work both the scallions and the bok choy into dinner, thanks to Martha Stewart (and Hollow Squirrel for suggesting her cookbook)!

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