Box #3 from the Be Wise Ranch CSA has arrived. Does it look like $26 worth of produce? It certainly was heavy enough when I hoisted the bag into the house. Here’s what I got:
- 2 heads of lettuce
- a bag of radishes
- 1 bunch kale
- 1 bunch greed chard (last time it was rainbow!)
- 1 bunch mizuna
- 10-12 oranges (I didn’t really count)
- 6-8 “slicing” tomatoes
- 7 small heirloom tomatoes
- 4 zucchini
- 3 lemons
- 2 cucumbers
- 1 avocado
- and a partridge in a pear tree!
Oh, wait. No partridge. Also, no dandelion greens. I wonder if they ran out or if my box was missing them? I’m not that bummed; now I don’t have to figure out how to eat them. I can just not think about it at all. I like kale and chard, so I won’t have a problem going through that. No carrots this time, either, but I still have a bunch from the last box so it’s probably for the best. I was really looking forward to the radishes and I ate 3 of them with butter and sea salt as I unpacked the other veggies. I wish we had gotten 2 avocados instead of just 1; they have been so buttery and good that I could gobble them up in a heartbeat. I also kind of miss the bok choy. That was good.
I haven’t investigated to see if the oranges are peel-and-eat or better for juicing. The heirloom tomatoes are also pretty small. I’m guessing the nice big ones went to Whole Foods and Jimbo’s, ha ha! What I was disappointed in was the fact that they aren’t as sweet as the tomatoes off my plant. I mean, they’re good, but they’re not better than mine, which is what I was hoping for.
Oh, last weekend I pulled 3 zucchini plants out of the garden, still leaving 2. Next year, I’ll plant more tomatoes and try some eggplant. We’ll probably keep doing the CSA through the winter, but I’m thinking I might take a break next summer. Summer months seem to be tomatoes and zucchini and now that I know my tomatoes are good and I never have a problem with not enough zucchini, I’d rather plant those and not double up with the CSA.
Now, what to do with these oranges?