So I’m 14 weeks in to my 20 week farm share, and the last time you heard from Marta and I the report was glowing with wonder, joy and excitement over all the vegetables we each received every week.
However, this is a more accurate picture of my house the last few weeks.
We weathered the weeks of lettuces and radishes just fine, but then the zucchini set in, followed by the summer corn (8 cobs per week!) and then the arugula and finally, the straw that broke the camel’s back… the BEETS.
I tried to be creative, I really did.
I’m a sucker for healthy recipes that also purport to be delicious, but I should have known better when the main three ingredients in this recipe were beets, sugar, and egg whites. But I fell for the little sentence at the top reading – “you can’t taste the beets here, but they enhance the brownies chocolate flavor.”
Ha, that’s a laugh.
Let me tell you, these brownies looked good. Mine looked exactly like the picture, but better. But… then tasted one… hmm. BEETS, interesting. Maybe they would be better when they were cooler?
I gave one to my son… he squished it into the kitchen floor, ran his truck over it, and refused another slice.
I offered one to a babysitter as a snack while she was here one evening, and she said, “They’re not really my style.”
I offered them to Marta, and she noted, “they have a pretty earthy taste, don’t they.”
And that was the last straw. I threw them out, reader, straight into the trash.
After that debacle, we were beet free the next week in our farm share. I don’t think I could have taken one more smug little red orb staring at me from the vegetable drawer.
However, I did use my shame as a means to spur me on to bigger and better things –
My experience with blanching and freezing vegetables before last week? None. But this week I ended up with 1 bag of frozen beans, and 2 bags of frozen carrots in my fridge, next to the yogurt container of shredded zucchini. I felt like a good old fashioned self sufficient homemaker as I was peeling, chopping, boiling, and freezing. I’m looking forward to eating these veges in November… after I rest for a couple weeks and recover from farm share season.
– Beth Melillo