So, I hear a lot of you guys have joined CSAs this year. Congratulations!! I’m so proud. I’d like to think it was all thanks to me, so I’m just going to keep on thinking that no matter what you say.
A couple of you have asked if I had any advice for how to survive the onslaught of deliciousness that’s about to ensue. Indeed I do. Adopt some children. Here are some other thoughts:
- Start cooking as soon as you get home. Just kidding (not really).
- There will be bugs. And holes in the leaves from the bugs. It’s annoying—let’s not pretend that it isn’t. But they’re just bugs. They don’t cause cancer or birth defects, and you can see where they are so they’re about a million times better than invisible, toxic chemicals. But, I’m sure you already knew this.
- There will also be dirt. You may realize this in theory, but, in practice, you may forget to add extra time for washing and prepping your vegetables. Everything takes a little longer in the beginning, but you’ll get used to it. In the meantime, tell your impatient family to pipe down. Or better yet, put them to work.
- Cook stuff in the order in which it wilts. Usually, the green, leafy stuff wilts first, but you’ll find out soon enough. The crisper really does keep stuff crisper (I thought it was just a cute name). Use it.
- It’s entirely possible that everyone in your farmshare is a better cook than you. Take advantage. If there’s something you’ve never cooked before, ask. The best way to do this, I’ve found, so you don’t have to admit your ignorance, is to say things like, “God, I hate [insert vegetable here].” There will be audible gasps, and then everyone will try to outdo each other with the best way to prepare said vegetable. Take careful mental notes while making comments like “Tell me you’re kidding” and “Gross!” every so often so they know you’re paying attention. Then go home and make something awesome as if you came up with it yourself. Incidentally, this is also a good way to make friends.
More to come tomorrow. Feel free to share your own advice, too (as long as it's not the same stuff I'm posting about tomorrow). (I'm serious, I'm going to be pissed if I have to rewrite that post.)