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A Tale of Two Veggies

I go grocery shopping on Sundays.

I pick up our CSA share on Tuesdays.

I have this uncanny knack for buying on Sunday the exact same veggies that are provided to me on Tuesday. (Except for garlic scapes. I never buy garlic scapes. Seriously! What am I supposed to do with these things???)

So, it came as no surprise to me that when I picked up our share on Tuesday, I was greeted with this:

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Specifically, broccoli and carrots- two items that I purchased large portions of on Sunday. (Both are foods that my kids will willingly eat. Unless they’re roasted. Never roast them. Steam them to oblivion, but don’t roast them.)

What do you do with a lot of broccoli and carrots?

Naturally, you have a taste test!

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On one side: Andy’s Market (think mom and pop grocery store- not Walmart, but not farmers market either).

On the other side, veggies from Welcome Table Farm .

Both tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper. Both roasted at 450 for 20 minutes.

You don’t even have to ask who won, do you?

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The farm fresh carrots blew my mind. The flavor was earthy and sweet and they caramelized beautifully – like eating candy.

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The broccoli had a very pungent flavor (which sounds like a negative connotation but isn’t- it just really tasted like broccoli!) and my favorite part was the texture. Compared to the farm fresh broccoli, the store bought version was mushy and mealy.

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With pesto made from Renee’s basil, we were all farm fresh!

So, to test my grocery theory, I’m going to buy a giant watermelon on Sunday, in hopes that the same will be waiting in my basket on Tuesday…:)

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2 responses »

  1. What is a CSA share?

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    • Community Supported Agriculture. Basically, I pay a few hundred dollars at the beginning of spring, and come June, I get a box of whatever produce the local farm is producing at the time. Love it!

      Reply

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