Before Josh and I got married, we decided that we’d like to buy a share of a CSA (community supported agriculture). Basically, you ‘buy a share of a farm’ by paying the farmer and getting your share of the harvest. We shopped around for local farms that had a program like this, but being complete newbies, we had no idea what to look for. So we chose the one closest to us! ShareCroppers Farm is in Spartanburg, but they also have a pickup site in the EarthFare parking lot on Pelham Road, which is very convenient for both me and Josh.
We have been anxiously awaiting meeting some new veggies and teaching our tastebuds to like local, fresh out of the dirt food. I had done a little bit of research on what veggies we might be getting, especially in the first few weeks of the harvest. I was prepared for lots of leafy greens and root vegetables, which is basically what we got. Our beautiful Week 1 included 2 radishes, 2 spring onions, broccoli rabe, 6 eggs, and a mystery vegetable.
The mystery veggie is the dark leafy lettuce-looking thing with the brown ends on the leaves and frilly edges. I’m THINKING it might be mustard greens. Good thing we got 2 heads of whatever it is. We’ll make it as mustard greens first, and if there’s no ‘pungent peppery flavor’, then we’ll assume it’s just some sort of lettuce and make a salad. 🙂
I have a feeling we might encounter a few more ‘what the heck is this?’ vegetables… but until then, we’ll experiment with our leafy green thing and make yummy omelettes out of our eggs. With roasted radishes and potatoes (store bought… sorry) on the side.
If you happen to know what our mystery veggie of the week is and/or what we are supposed to do with it, please let me know!!! 🙂 In the meantime, I’m going to fight my embarrassment and email Robin (ShareCroppers owner) to ask what it is… She’s laughed at my questions a few times before we even got our first veggie, so why should I rob her of that opportunity now that we are sharing in the harvest?