No, this is not from my garden. I had my first CSA (community-supported agriculture) experience at Drumlin Farm today.
They warned us ahead of time that the first few pickups would be small, but that the bounty would increase exponentially as the season progressed. Therefore, I was only expecting maybe a radish or two, and a measly head of lettuce. Instead, I got a big bunch of ethnically diverse radishes, 2 bok choys, 2 big bunches of spinach, multiple stalks of rhubarb, and 4 (count ‘em, four) heads of lettuce.
Seriously? Four heads of lettuce, I asked? After all, have I eaten four heads worth of lettuce in my entire life? I think not. The woman running the tent assured me that, yes, four heads of lettuce was all they could give out right now per week. She and I are not well acquainted. I guess I’m going to be losing me some weight.
One thing about the sustainable farming that I’ve noticed this one time I’ve ever been involved is that the vegetables aren’t necessarily the most stunning specimens you’ve ever seen. The radishes themselves looked good, but the leaves, for example, were very bug-eaten. From the lack of pesticides, I’m guessing. Somehow, I failed to put two and two together on that one.
But, I can get over appearances. I was then informed that the spinach contained actual aphids, so I’d best wash it before storing it in the fridge. She said aphids, but what I heard was maggots. I was relieved to discover that aphids are much smaller and far less disgusting than maggots, but they are somehow able to achieve similar numbers. I stood over a stockpot of cold water trying to wash them off, but, boy, those little buggers really cling.
Husband suggested that the next time I pitch in with the farm work, I should sneak in a can of pesticide. I wonder how long it will be before I’m kicked out of the farmshare?