Food co-ops have often intrigued me but I’ve always shied at the thought of getting 30 lbs of produce I do not know what to do with. This week, my dear friend D who is off to Sydney, let me pick up her half share from Urban Acres who have pick up sites all over Dallas.
Here’s how it works. You sign up to commit to a half share ($30 for 15 lbs) or full share ($50 for 30lbs) and pick up your produce every two weeks. There’s a membership fee $50 and a bin fee $14 that you pay at signup.
On that bright sunny Saturday morning, Pikelet & Lollo excitedly carried their empty bin to the location in Richardson to swap out for a full crate of ‘surprise food’. Our half share consisted of 1 melon, 1 green cabbage, 2 butternut squash, 1 orange, 3 red beets, 1 bell pepper, 1 red leaf lettuce, bunch of collard greens, sage, rosemary and thyme.
The melon lasted two days before it was eaten up. Our kids are crazy for canteloupe. But now the task at hand was to get through the rest of the produce especially the vegetables that I hardly buy like beets and collard greens.
So far, I’ve made my two minute duck recipe with the red leaf lettuce salad with figs and tomatoes and a side of collard greens boiled to death (and still was hard to eat) with bacon and garlic; then I made a beautiful roasted fall salad with beets and the butternut squash tossed with segmented orange slices. (Festive Fall Recipe here) For the cabbage – just wholesome cabbage soup with vegetables in a chicken broth was just right for the cooling weather and I also love this Tyler Florence recipe for braised cabbage with apples which are right in season. The recipe calls for red cabbage but the green one worked just fine.
For me, I enjoyed the co-op experience. It S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D me and made me come out of my comfort zone. I think I’m still not ready to commit to a co-op but it has really made me think about buying more seasonally and locally.
Thanks ‘Aunty’ D for giving IttyBittyFoodies the experience. For more info on Urban Acres’ Coop click here.
Till our next Happy Meal!
NOTE: Apologies – this post is a little light on photos but my poor iPhone got wiped out *sob*