I’ve been slacking off. Now I will catch up all at once with a rundown of all the failed attempts to use my farm share produce. The bok choy of week one was the least of my worries. It was promptly stir fried with rice and that was the end of it. Only a small amount of the bok choy was spit out into the garbage. I was left with a ton of garlic scapes, more Vampire repellent then I knew what to do with. I improvised a bean dip and crammed too many garlic scapes into it. Then I tried to balance it out with far too much nutritional yeast. If you’re interested in making a garlic scape bean dip, try this recipe from the NY Times, which is what I should have done in the first place.
Dave made this delightful dish with some tomatoes we got from a farmer’s market, leftover rice, and as many greens as he could cram in. Dave wins.
The next week he bought a juicer. Our second farm share box contained beets and fennel and more of the usual greens, all perfect for juicing. Dave is replacing one of his meals a day with vegetable juice. Last night we had a juice made of fennel, apple, carrots, ginger, and spinach. Tonight we had beet, spinach, and ginger. The spinach did not come in the box, we just have a massive container of it in our refrigerator at all times. I like watching the striations of the juice as you move from one colored vegetable to the next.
This slug was found on a leaf of kale. It did remarkably well in the refrigerator for a week.
The greatest opponent I’ve encountered so far was not the slug, but the dreaded spring onion. I had two huge bags of spring onions once I sorted through my second box. I hadn’t even used the onions from week one and I still had a dozen garlic scapes left, too. I didn’t know how to cope with the profusion of alliums. I panicked, I procrastinated, and then the problem solved itself. The spring onions and leftover scapes decomposed into a swampy, black wad. All of them had to be thrown out. Part of me was secretly relieved, another part protested my wastefulness.
Surely tomorrow I will get yet another dense pile of spring onions and garlic scapes. What do I do with it all? I am open to all the suggestions in the world.