In Which We Eat Watermelon

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September 24, 2008 at 8:50 am

Rob Gardner

One key way this local family, at least the local children component of the local family, can manage local eating is by never tiring of apples.  Because apples both grow plentifully around here and store easily, the supply remains ample from Fall through Spring.  When there is no other local fruit, there are local apples.  And no matter how many apples a day the children get, they seem capable of eating another, a real boon to our localism.  Luckily, they are applying this same commitment to the fruit of the moment, watermelon.

Last week our CSA box included a watermelon.  This gave us two un-opened melon and a third about two-thirds gone.  With another melon/feta salad on Sunday, we got down to only two full melons.  So, as with last week, the melons are going in the kid’s lunches each day.  If their ability to eat the same thing endlessly helps greatly their ability to eat local, their new found maturity in returning tupperware seals the deal, as each day’s melon allotment must be properly boxed so as not to get the rest of the lunch soggy.  After today’s lunch, I would guess about half of the dark green seedless melon remains.  When that is gone, we will tackle the vollyball sized striped melon.   Last in, first out.

The rest of our CSA box last week (previous week here):

  • Red peppers
  • Mesclun
  • Eggplant
  • Tomatoes
  • Huge bag of thyme
  • Pears
  • Winter squash
  • Collard greens
  • Green beans
  • Six ears sweet corn
  • Dozen eggs

From the Oak Park Farmer’s Market we made the following additional purchases:

  • Cherry tomatoes – Catalina Farm
  • Nectarines – Hardin Farms
  • Apples – Walt Skibbe
  • Cider vinegar – Jim Vitalo’s Herbally Yours
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