My farmer’s name is Josh

I signed up for a “winter share” of food from a local farm. I had a LOT of anxiety about this decision. I tried to talk to T about it. He calmly reiterated his preference for organic, local food, and then told me it was my call. Not. Helpful. I called my mom. She said go for it, how else will you find out. So I went for it.

I got an email from my farmer yesterday, giving me the rundown on tomorrow’s pending delivery. I can expect to receive the following:

  • 2 lbs carrots
  • 5 lbs beets
  • 2 lbs yellow onions
  • 2 lbs butternut squash
  • 2 lbs spaghetti squash
  • 24 lbs fingerling potatoes
  • cabbage
  • 4lbs whole wheat flour
  • 4 lbs pinto beans

I am imagining a giant pile of food, cascading over the edge of a very large box that is too heavy for me to lift on my own. It’s supposed to last me a month, until my next delivery comes. Oh, and they are having an egg-boom so I’ll get a 1/2 dozen eggs for FREE! Free is nice. Another 6 eggs…I already have a dozen from egg lady. Quiche? Souffle? Meringue? Frittata?

“You’re just like your dad,” says T, this morning, as I chatter away about what in the world am I going to do with 4 POUNDS of pinto bean. I think he says this because we both spend a lot of time talking food preparation strategy, reading about food, and thinking about what’s for dinner. As for the beans, my farmer suggests refried beans. I am contemplating pinto bean hummus. Do you think that would work?

I have cascading anxiety over this giant pile of food. Will it keep? Where should I store it? The garage? Will it get too cold?  What is the perfect thing to make with it? What can I make that won’t involve lots of other ingredients?

Did I mention I also bought a chicken from this farm. Coc a vin? I already found a recipe.


2 thoughts on “My farmer’s name is Josh

  1. Way to go SARAH! Love that you are so into FOOD and that you are taking the plunge with this option. I will ask your advice in the future when I get bold enough to try such things. Be sure to update on the pros/cons of going this way for your food needs.. and take photos of how you end up using all the food. Pinto hummus, yum… other suggestions for the beans – chicken (since you got a chix too!) or veggie chili, ham and beans (not sure if you’re into ham, but this would also use the carrots and onion) I would have no problem using 20 lbs of carrots in a month – 2 is nothing! Also no problem using that much squash, onion. I would have trouble using that much flour though… and maybe the beans… there’s only so much my body can take! ;0)

  2. Oh and beets… I have no idea how I would use 5 lbs of beets. I love them in the Terra chips bag, but I’m sure frying them is not the healthiest thing you can come up with! On a cooking show once I saw shredded then fried in a bit of oil and vinegar, don’t remember what else… Oh, would you mind sharing how much that load of food cost you and how I might find out about local farm “winter share” programs here? I guess to start, I could ask at farmer’s market… I don’t go much in the winter though… If you can’t use all the beans/beets, maybe see if someone at work wants in on your too big share of certain items…

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