theboxexperiment

Attempting to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Farmer’s Market and Surprise Box June 15, 2011

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We went to the farmer’s market again last Saturday. As we get further into summer there are more stands and more shoppers at the farmers market. There are big sellers (one stop produce shops with the longest lines), your small sellers (just a few items and no line), meat, cheese (run by an Amish family), bakeries, plants, and a lettuce speciality stand. I always want to buy things from everyone…and want to buy much more than we actually need. This past Sunday I kept myself in check and only grabbed 2 zucchini (forgetting we had 1 zucchini at home) and 2 lovely tomatoes for a very reasonable $4.92. I had to pull myself away from the strawberries and from the asparagus we had both at home already but fresh strawberries taste so much better and the asparagus at the farmers market was nice and thick (perfect for grilling) unlike the stringy asparagus we had from Teeter (which when cooked did not taste very good).

Tuesday we came home to a surprise box! I went onto WGG a while ago and like I told everyone, canceled several weeks of boxes, unbeknownst to us- we caught up and got a box.In the box: butter lettuce, green beans, eggplant, 2 more zucchini (we recently made Zucchini and Rice using 2 of them), a green bell pepper, bananas, peaches, nectarines, blueberries, and blackberries. I need to admit I ADORE peaches, nectarines, and plums so I was quite excited. I also love blueberries and blackberries so this box was very welcome. If it had apples, oranges, bananas, and mangos I’m not sure what we would’ve done. We definitely need a time out from those.

Apologies for the lack of recipes- we haven’t made much new stuff recently just revisited some old favorites. Monday we made the Zucchini w/Rice and tonight we reheated the leftovers. I was going to use it as the filling of stuffed red bell peppers but the peppers we not stuffable ( too skinny and would not have sat flat). So I halved the bells, drizzled them w/ evoo, salt and peppered and baked them at 350* for 15 mins then 400* for 5 mins until they were tender. The combination was fantastic!

Tomorrow we’ll be doing a new creamy pasta and eggplant dish that I will definitely post for you!

 

Taking a Break May 15, 2011

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We will be taking a break from receiving the box for a while. The same issues have persisted:too much food for the two of us to go through, not enough variety, too much fruit, and veggies we don’t enjoy. We’ve tried all veggies sent to us, as long as we get to them in time, and have found ones we don’t particularly enjoy. So we’ll be taking a break and trying to find sources other than the grocery store.

In discussions we keep coming back to wanting to know where our food comes from. It not WGG’s fault that we signed up during the non-growing season in the area and that doesn’t change our desire to know who grows our food.

Yesterday was the first day of the Rockville Farmers Market. We went and walked around. There was a winery, meat venders, bread, a bakery, produce sellers, and florist/herbists.Everything looked fantastic but we didn’t pick anything up (mostly because we had a lot of  fresh food still in the house.)

The plan for the rest of the summer will be to take the $31.50 we use on the box to the farmers market. We’ll get to know one of the produce stands (or several of them) and get exactly the produce we want and need (among other things). Thus solving several issues: knowing where our food comes from and having just the right amount of fresh food.

I’ll continue to post, especially once we get our first batch of farmers market food. I’ll also keep posting recipes and such. Keep an eye out for  candy cookies coming soon. And  a post on oddly inexpensive foods.