July 8, 2010
It's week 5, and I'm thrilled to say that this week's CSA basket was practically vomiting up color. Sure, it was still packed tight with kale--two kinds no less--but we've moved beyond the leafy greens for the most part and into the the world of squash.
Today while I was picking up my basket, I met a fellow CSAer named Susan. Does she or does she not look like she could be the spokes model for CSAs all over the world?
That's right, she does. It's gotta be the skirt. Here's the way I see it:
Long Skirt = Organic Vegetable Lover
Knee Length Skirt = Mormon Party Goer
Mini Skirt = Natural Light Drinker
It's all very scientific.
Anyhoo, Susan isn't just any old CSA member, she's also a member of the Cold Stream Herbal CSA. For $100 extra, you get a whole mess of herbs, flowers, and homemade handicrafts.
This week, Cold Stream members got a plate of lemon balm cookies with cream cheese frosting, a tea ball, a bunch of lavender, and a ginormous load of lemon balm:
They also get all kinds of tips and directions on how to use the herbs medicinally. For example, did you know that lemon balm is fantastic for treating oral and genital herpes?
Susan told me that.
I was like, "That's great information. Let me actually just write it down on this post it note here. You know, for my mom. And my sister. But not for me....STOP STARING AT ME!"
This is the inside of the greenhouse at Long Meadow Farm:
As far as I can tell, they're growing plants.
This is Farmer Anna. She was toiling in the fields, so we stopped to say hi. I quickly realized that we were holding her up, so I was like, "Get back to work and grow my food, woman!" It almost feels like I have my very own lawn boy. Man, I'm loving the power!
As the kids and I were walking back to the car, Anna was like, "Where's my tool?!"
And I was all, "What?!"
And she said, "Where's my ho?!"
So I said, "I'm right here! Where's my b!tch?!"
She meant garden ho, which is fine, because I was definitely talking about a female dog.
Moving on again....
I turned around on our drive home and saw this:
It was never meant to be a cup holder, those holes in your car are actually engineered for summer squash.
And finally, a look at this week's haul:
Rainbow carrots--almost as cool as Skittles. Almost.
And the final count looks like this:
4 mysterious light green squash
2 yellow summer squash
3 squatty shaped yellow squash
2 bags of rainbow carrots
2 bunches of kale
2 heads of cabbage
2 bunches of beets
3 little heads of lettuce
We had hot pockets for dinner.