Occasionally Vicki has a Friday market challenge, wherein she goes to the market with $20 and photographs what she buys. She also invites her readers to do so, and I keep meaning to get around to it, but this is the first time I’ve actually done it.
Except, not exactly. We do have a market on Fridays, but I don’t usually go there, because it would require me to, you know, talk to people. And when I talk I don’t have a backspace key, which always leads to problems. Instead, I order a crate of stuff from a local farm-thing, and they deliver on Thursdays. It’s about €17 for the medium crate.
So but here’s this week’s: Two kinds of lettuce, almost a pound of spinach, four tomatoes, a fistful of carrots, NOT the beans I wanted, grr. Four beets! Does anybody know something to do with beets that is not borscht? Or the fenchel? That’s the celery-looking thing at the back on the right, and I don’t know what it is in English. Four long skinny green bell peppers. And one (one!) gigantic oyster mushroom, and three smaller ones. That became chicken Stroganoff for Friday, and the spinach became a salad with hot bacon-honey-soy sauce dressing and garlic bread on the side, that the boys inhaled on Thursday. Ignatz in particular is really excited about the box o’ produce, and I usually let him unpack it so he knows what’s in there. If he’s involved in the process, the possibility that he might actually eat some vegetables is marginally higher.
It comes from a place called Höhenberg, which is a sort of farmy home for um, the differently abled? (don’t know the current PC term, sorry.) Anyway, in addition to the organic farm, they have a bakery and candle workshop and they make cheese and all kinds of things. It seems like a good organization, definitely worthy of support, a way to kill several do-gooder birds with one stone. Only of course the stone doesn’t kill them, it catches them in humane traps and sets them free someplace safe while “Boooooooorn Freeeeee….” plays in the background.
Song du jour of the day: The Mayor of Simpleton, by XTC.