Back on the Chain Gang

I am getting geared up for my CSA pick up tomorrow morning. I’ve been missing me some Wolfe Spring Farm. And to hit the pots and pans again. Fortunately the weather is cooperating and the heat has lifted, too. I missed last week’s pick up due to our Maine excursion, but I am getting psyched for tomorrow. When I am not in town to pick up at Wolfe Spring, we give the pick up to our neighbor, Dan Doern. Through the grapevine, I heard that we missed out on:

  • Mini eggplants
  • Squash
  • Salad greens
  • Awesome garlic
  • Yellow shallots (which I’ve never seen before)
  • String beans
  • 1 tomato
  • And a repeat offender: Beautiful sunflowers

[Dan sent me an update today,7/22/12, adding on the original list. He said that he also picked up new red potatoes, broccoli, zucchini. Dan said he,

took the whole potatoes, sliced zucchini, the whole mini-eggplants and pieces of broccoli, tossed them with some olive oil, salt, pepper, lots of fresh oregano from our garden, lemon and orange slices, dumped them in a roasting pan and slow cooked them.    They were delicious!]

Also in time for the weekend, there was an article after my own heart in Wednesday’s Dining section of the NY Times. Entitled “Raw Panic,” Julia Moskin writes about the home cook’s anxiety at mid-summer when you’ve brought home more fresh fruits and veg from the market than you know what to do with. I want to try this recipe for veggie fritters tomorrow, using beets and leeks:

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s pick up. And tell me about your vegetable anxiety. Or tell me that I’m crazy for having vegetable anxiety.


  1. Tamara Mannelly says:

    That fritter recipe sounds yummy! I may have to try it myself. Our local gourmet grocery store sells veggie fritters in their prepared food section and they are awesome. I may try these next week with potatoes (we get so many potatoes and never really eat them), leeks and maybe beets or carrots. I definitely get an overload of veggies this time of year with my CSA. I love it though, but sometimes get stressed about how to not waste it all. Usually I end up freezing or vitamix-ing.

    • It is comforting to know I am not alone in my “produce overload anxiety,” Tamara! Let me know how the fritters go if you do make them. I’ll report back here as well.

  2. A Table in the Sun says:

    Well, here in California, we’re bursting with produce all year. Since I have only to step outside into my garden to find it, the pressure is on to come up with the type of vegetable dishes that would make my Italian grandmother proud. And thus, I blog (it forces me to be creative).

    • And I am bursting with envy – not only at the availability of local produce year round, but also the variety. Thanks for reading and come back often!

  3. You are loco. Me love leeks. More quinoa, please.

  4. Kay Wasinger says:

    Vegetable anxiety I don’t have. But that’s because I do end up throwing stuff away because it has spoiled – shame on me! I read the entire article and found it fascinating – I may even get off my duff, now that the temp is better and try to be creative.


  1. […] Rest of the Basket:  As I had written on Friday, I really wanted to make vegetable fritters. But, alas the contents of my basket did not comply. No […]

  2. […] verts that I received as a gift from my neighbor Dan Doern. Dan mixed the haricot verts from our 7/14/12 CSA pick up with vinegar, sliced lemons, peppercorns, garlic cloves, epazote (from his own garden) and […]

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