- Clean out the refrigerator! There is nothing worse than bringing home a full box of fruits and vegetables and having nowhere to put it.
- Buy vegetable storage bags. They really do work. I bought a case of Ziploc Vegetable Bags and it lasted me a season. This year I'm trying the Evert-Fresh bags.
- Have your knives sharpened. You will be doing a lot of slicing and dicing.
- Get your recipes handy. To be honest, I rely most heavily on Google, searching for "[insert vegetable name] recipes" works amazingly well. For example, see what Google found for beet recipes by clicking here. Our CSA publishes a newsletter that includes recommendations for storing and using up the food for the week. There are also a few excellent books I reference weekly: Vegetables from Amaranth to Zucchini by Elizabeth Schneider, Vegetables by James Peterson, and Chez Panisse Vegetables or Chez Panisse Fruit, both by Alice Waters.
Monday, March 5, 2007
Prepaing for the First Pick-up
There are a few practical things to do to get ready for the first box of the season.