A few weeks ago I signed up for a winter vegetable share (CSA) with Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative. Having been a member last summer and the winter before that, I knew just what to expect: lots of fresh, organic veggies grown by local farmers and conveniently delivered to my pick-up spot.
But as you know, the United States (at least part of it) is experiencing cold, snowy weather dubbed The Polar Vortex by those that give names to things. So ice and snow and NEGATIVE degree temps forced Lancaster Farm Fresh to put off the first pick-up day. No worries, I would just pick it up the next day.
My body had other ideas.
During The Polar Vortex, with snow falling on my head, I had to remote start my car so the doors would unfreeze, slide down my driveway on my boot-clad feet, and drive slowly and steadily to my nearby Urgent Care facility to get diagnosed with a sinus infection, double ear infection, and bronchial infection, otherwise known as The Infection Vortex.
As I rested in bed surrounded by tissues and catching up on Downton Abbey, all I could think about was my produce box. I wished I could send my Lady’s Maid directly into the snow to fetch it for me. After no Lady’s Maid materialized when I rang my bedside bell, I gave up. My produce box was lost.
Enter my heroes (otherwise known as The Parental Vortex). My lovely parents offered to pick up the box as they were headed that way for a lunch date.
I’ve never been so happy to see potatoes, beets, and parsnips in my life. And as usual, Lancaster Farm Fresh did not disappoint. I turned the veggies into a spicy soup that drained my sinuses (ew) and warmed my soul.
So how have you been so far this year – any Vortexes of your own to report? And what do you think of the current season of Downton?
If you’d like to see some recipes from last year’s winter CSA, use these helpful links: