I made it to my last farm share pick-up of the year today (though there was a real danger in me forgetting this week, too, as I did with week 24). It was 34 degrees here at 4:30 PM and almost totally dark; my hands were freezing as I picked root vegetables out of the bins. It certainly felt like the end of the season! I sent in my renewal form for a 2009 share; June seems so far away, but before I know it I’ll be trying to use up my greens again.
For our last week of 2008 we received 2 small red cabbage, 2 butternut squash, 2 quarts of beets, white potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and 2 celeriac.
J. is thinking about making borscht with the beets, maybe this weekend. (Last time we were cleaning beet juice droplets off our white kitchen for weeks.) I’ll saute the cabbage tomorrow night with the chicken, and everything else will keep for at least a week while I figure out what to do with it.
Last year, the celeriac in my share was the only vegetable I never got around to trying (read Celeriac, I Never Knew Ya). So I’m determined to put forth a good faith effort in taming those bumpy knobs this year. I’ll try a little bit raw, but I have a feeling I’ll want to cook the bulk of it. Mashed celeriac? Celeriac soup? Potato and celeriac gratin? Let me know if you are a celeriac devotee and can pass along some suggestions.