Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Whoa is me

Excuse the picture I was too lazy to take the vegetables out of the bags. Just one more week and our CSA season will be finished. What am I going to do?? This week fresh eggs, green beans, tomatoes, green peppers, patty pan squash, some other kind of greens, apples, and radishes were delivered to my front door. Just one more week of lovely farm food and then what? Shop at the grocery store?? Buy substandard vegetables? I don't know if I can do it. The way I cook and look at food or meals has changed so dramatically since April. My pantry which used to be stocked with canned goods and boxed foods is down to nothing. I have one can of stewed tomatoes and one can of sweet potatoes, some pasta and rice and baking stuff. A drastic difference. Everything else is fresh or baked fresh.
I will say it does take some thought and time in the kitchen but I find that I really enjoy cooking this way. And those kiddos, though they grumble and almost cry when we pass the cookie isle, are coming around. Joy #2 loves cooking for us. Joy #1 not so much but we've had a lot less whining about nothing to eat. She's even cooked a few things for herself recently. See while we were transforming our ways, she was at camp being feed 3 times a day like clockwork with no effort on her part.
So, back to the original question. What do I do now? I'll have to start making plans because right now I just cook what shows up. Anyone else having end of season anxiety?


cinnamongirl93 said...

I'm not sure what CSA is?
In the winter months I have to shop the regular grocery store. You have to grin and bear it for a few months. I buy most of my items around the perimeter of the store. That's where all the fresh items are.
I have ordered some row covers for my garden. They will keep my remaining plants safe to 24 degrees. I planted more greens and radishs. I'll also try and save a tomato plant too. This is the first year that I am gardening so late in the year, I may get up to 2 months harvest? Maybe if I'm lucky! LOL!

cinnamongirl93 said...

Oops I just thought of something else. You can always go to the farm stand and buy hard shelled squash. So many different varities out there that are so good. Keep them on your covered porch. They should last for a few months as long as they don't get hit with a freeze. Good luck!

Wool Winder said...

Store bought is not as good as garden fresh, but you can still get what you need. Just be flexible and buy what looks good that day. If they don't have what you need, buy frozen instead of canned.

Debbie said...

I have no suggestions..but I do hope that I can find something like the CSA around here next sounds fabulous! Enjoy your fresh yumminess...then...welcome to my world :P