Rise of the Beet Queen

weekly CSA produce share
A quick trade allowed us to get an extra share of beets.

If there’s anything that exemplifies the difference between fresh vegetables, and, say, canned vegetables it’s what I (Shawn) affectionately refer to as The Rise of the Beet Queen.

For years, Susan would not eat beets. She ate them (probably canned) when she was younger and just did not like them. Not one bit, so she wouldn’t really try them if they were something on a restaurant menu, and we would never buy them. Then we joined the Tucson CSA and we got beets in our weekly share; at that point, Susan was at least willing to try the beets. We prepared them using this recipe, and dished up a small amount for dinner. Well, you probably know at least part of the story, she liked those beets — no, she loved those beets. In fact, it was a complete turn-around; now beets are one of her favorite vegetables — but only fresh beets, which is how it should be — so much so, that I sometimes call her The Beet Queen. So, if you’re one of those people who just don’t like a certain vegetable, maybe the best thing to do before rejecting it forever is to try it fresh and local, you might find that truly fresh is better than canned, frozen, or even produce-aisle “fresh.”

Naturally, when we picked up our share yesterday, and saw an extra share of beets in the trading basket, we snatched it up, replacing it with a bunch of cilantro. So, this week’s share consisted of:

  • Beets (1 bunch)
  • Cilantro (1 bunch) traded for more beets
  • Collard Greens (1 bunch)
  • Mizuna (1 bunch)
  • Lettuce (2 heads)
  • Red scallions (1 bunch)
  • Navel oranges (3)
  • Kale (1 bunch)

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