Summer Farm Share Week 16 – Omnivore Experiment
By Summer Share Week 16 (September 14th, 2016), we tried Omnivore in preparation for Winter Share. Last winter, we were part of the Vegetarian pilot program. This year we’re switching to Omnivore. From Vegan to Vegetarian to Omnivore, we’ll have tried them all by next year. Managing a farm share is a work in progress. Adapting to your family’s wants and needs are part of the experiment.
I’m behind on posting my farm share stats, so you’ll get three updates in succession. Some months there’s simply not enough time for family, garage sale preparations, boating, health issues, as well as throwing in a surprise birthday party for my dad’s 80th. I’m jumping for joy because we met all our goals. Even though I doubted my sanity several times and the blog had to take a back seat to living life in the fast lane.
So, I’m baaaack! Did you miss me? LOL
Week 16 of our small summer farm share included (featured photo at the top of this post is a full omnivore share)…
Butternut Squash – 1
Tiny Taters – 1 qt
Carrots – 1 bunch
Broccoli – 1 head
Onion – 3
Kale – 1 bunch
Concord Grapes – 1 qt
Apples – 6
Beets – missing from previous week
Turkey Patties – 1 lb
My half of our small Omnivore summer farm share (above photo) and how we used it.
Butternut Squash – 1 – this lovely large specimen is still sitting on my counter a few weeks later.
Tiny Taters – 1/2 qt – these were great plain and and in with a beef roast.
Carrots – 1 – this pretty purple and orange carrot went into the roast pot a couple weeks later.
Broccoli – 1/2 head – this was great added to a cucumber tomato salad eaten at our granddaughter’s birthday party.
Onion – 3 – I still have a couple of these but one of them landed in with the roast.
Kale – 1 bunch – I think this may still be lurking in our fridge.
Concord Grapes – 1/2 qt – we ate some of these but we hate the seeds so they’re probably still in the refrigerator. I need to learn to juice!
Apples – 3 – munched on these fresh, probably one left.
Beets – 1 bunch (missing from previous week) (went to my parents who love them)
Turkey Patties – 1 lb (these went to my parents as we still have meat left that we purchased earlier in the year.)
These lovelies in the above photo are from our own garden. It’s the amount that comes in consistently every few days until October when it slows way down.
We’re inundated with our own tomatoes in our gardens at this time of year. The Vegetarian Share included some more tomatoes this week. So, we decided to go off our standard path and try an Omnivore share, which is the type we’ve selected for Winter. If we didn’t have gardens in addition to being in a farm share, we’d appreciate those tomatoes a lot more. But, by this time of year, I’ve seen enough of beefsteaks and cherry tomatoes. The beefsteaks split and start to rot before we get to them. The only tomatoes I’m craving are Romas for roasting and freezing. I’m still looking forward to San Marzano Romas and ordered a case of them weeks later.
This is the type of share week I love with plenty of veggies that can be easily stored to use later. The weeks that I find the hardest to deal with in the summer are the shares that include perishables like lettuce, or eggplants which are not my favorite. It was nice to have a week without eggplant.
I wouldn’t be as overwhelmed if we didn’t have such a chaotic schedule. It seems as though we had an appointment or some deadline to meet every day of the month of September. We accomplished more projects than we normally do in the summer, but I failed in a few other areas. Number one, I’m behind posting here on farm share updates and book reviews, as well as completely inept at posting travel and gardening posts. We’ve done it all this summer and into the fall, having a great time with family and friends, but you’re just going to have to believe me without the proof. 🙂
If nothing else, when we’re all bored when the snow is flying this winter, I can drag out my memory box and post about the fun things we did this summer.
What has your fork been up to? Have you reached your limit of excitement about any particular vegetable or fruit? Tell me what you’re doing about it. 🙂
October 10, 2016 at 7:29 am
We eat a lot of fresh fruit and veggies in the summer. We probably went through a whole watermelon weekly. A couple of times this summer friends and family gave us fresh tomatoes from their garden. Besides eating them in salads my husband enjoyed BLT sandwiches and I do mean enjoy. Nothing beats fresh tomatoes straight from the garden!
October 10, 2016 at 9:59 pm
I was the same way with watermelon this year, JoAnne. I’m not overly fond of it but for some reason this year it tasted especially good. You’re right about fresh tomatoes. I dream of tomato sandwiches. For some reason I can’t have eggs without tomatoes. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. 🙂