I SO have a future in cartography!
And this is a picture of me at the farmers' market.
Note the lack of cash, the invisible bag to carry produce home in, and, well, ME.
As much as I'd like to go to the farmers' market every week, I only manage to get there once or twice a month. You see, unless you arrive around 6:30 in the morning, the place is packed with people dickering over the number of strawberries in a pint, interrogating the egg vendors as to whether their chickens have access to a grassy yard and possibly some sort of spa, and well-meaning mothers pushing their kids around in the WORLD'S LARGEST STROLLER.
All of these behaviors make my head explode, which is really messy but pays for my psychiatrist's kid's college fund. So unless I can get my rear in gear in time to get to the farmers' market at the butt-crack of dawn, I don't go at all. This makes me sad, as I love fresh, local produce.
So, in an unprecedented move of advance-planning I decided to join a CSA (community supported agriculture.) You sign up with a CSA in the spring and pay them a few hundred dollars straight up. Then throughout the summer and early autumn (June through October in my neck of the woods), you head over to your host's pick-up site to retrieve your box full of already-paid-for vegetables. It's like it was made for people who are too lazy and inept at obtaining quality fresh produce, just like me!
So for a couple of weeks now, I've gotten a large box full of fresh vegetables. And thanks to the unusually cold spring, these boxes have been full of lettuce. And lettuce. And more lettuce. There are a few radishes and white turnips thrown in for good measure. And then more lettuce.
I like lettuce. Everybody in my family will eat salad, even my kids. But as of date, I am the proud owner of two LARGE bags of lettuce. They are so large THAT I AM FORCED TO USE ALL CAPS TO DESCRIBE THEIR MAGNITUDE. I also have a good-sized head of bibb lettuce, a humongous head of romaine lettuce, and two smaller bags of spinach.
The spinach, I can work with. Spinach can be a side dish.
This is still healthy, right?
You can sneak spinach into a lasagna or a casserole
But I'm having a hard time dealing with all this lettuce. Lettuce can turn into a salad.
Or a salad.
Or a salad.
Have we met?
Even though there are lots of different kinds of salads, in the end they are still salads and I am suffering from salad ennui. We have had salad at every dinner and most of my lunches, and we've only plowed through half of the lettuce.
So dear internets, please tell me: What do you do with 500 pounds of lettuce? More importantly, would you like some lettuce? After all: