Our friends are out of town and generously bequeathed us their CSA box for the week. We forgot to pick it up - we're like that - but sorted it out by this morning.
When I was around four years old my mother belonged to a vegetable co-op. When it was her turn to shop we got up at dawn and went to a big wholesale market to buy vegetables. Then she divvied up what she had purchased and filled a dozen boxes to be picked up from our garage. When it wasn't her turn we would drive through the maze-like alleys of DC every week trying to locate the garage du jour. I remember that it was always sort of exciting to see what we got, like opening a present. I haven't thought about my mom's vegetable co-op in at least two decades but when we opened the CSA box this morning I had that Proustian jolt as the smell of fresh vegetables in waxed cardboard hit me between the eyes.
I think we'll have to sign up with this CSA ourselves next summer.
Today's haul is comprised of a dozen ears of corn, a pound of green beans, a bunch of carrots, two pounds of new potatoes, six smallish cucumbers, four white onions, a bunch of dill, a bunch of watercress that has unfortunately seen better days, a big bunch of swiss chard, five yellow squash and a big zucchini.
The challenge is: what would you do with any/all of these things? Please be as vague or specific as you like.
[Oh, and swiss chard specifically? Help? The only thing I can think to do with it is smother it in cheese and bread crumbs and bake it as the snow swirls outside the window. Not very summery.]