Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mystery Box

Almost every other Thursday, K and I pick up a "Mystery Box" from Mariquita Farms. In their words, the box program is:
"What: Guerrilla vegetable deliveries: Not a CSA, we have one of those. More like a taco truck-meets-the farmers market. No prepayment, no credit cards. You give me your cell phone number as collateral that you'll show up, I give you mine so you can find me/contact me that night. We don't abuse each others cell numbers.
Why: Mariquita Customers at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market missed us when we chose to stop attending spring of 2007. Some of our customers begged for a way to still receive our erbette chard, boxes of San Marzanos, sweet peppers, basil, red carrots etc. We still grow it all and we're delighted to find a way bring it to SF, even if you *don't* own a restaurant!"

I love the mystery box for a few reasons. Foremost, living with just K, who hates almost all vegetables, a weekly CSA is simply too much for me. Second, I like, even these weeks when I groan at the site of more celery, being forced to experiment with produce I would not select at the market. Thankfully, they provide a link to recipes. Third, it is simply an incredible deal for some of the best produce available. That said, here is a look at this week's box.

How it comes, or, a bag, not a box.

Cheddar Cauliflower: Halloween vegetable number one.

Broccoli Romanesco: Halloween vegetable number two.

Perhaps we have found a use for all of that celery?
Red Friarelli Peppers: No plan, yet.

Sweet Potatoes: Roast or perhaps a pie?
End of the season heirloom tomatoes: salad, eaten out of hand and blts.

French breakfast radishes: Braised? Or simply with salt and butter?

Turnip Greens and Red Oak Leaf Lettuce  One to saute, one to make a salad.

Braeburn Apples: Pie? Apple Sauce? Sauteed and served with pork?

Galeux D’Eysines Pumpkin and Willow, the cat who likes to pose. Note Secret Garden Cookbook in the background.


  1. For what the cat doesn't eat:

  2. That sounds perfect. Thank you!