December 3, 2011

0 Farm Delivery Friday Dec 3!

 Along with my "A Day in the Life" idea I thought I would start taking a picture of what we receive in our farm delivery every week.  Well, yesterday when it came we unpacked it, went out for a while, came home, and made pizzas for dinner, using some of the farm delivery as ingredients.  I didn't remember the new plan until today, when I got another food delivery, which you'll see below.

Anyway, our farm delivery changes week to week depending on what we order, but there are always some consistencies, of course.  Normally we get one of the boxes that are put together by the farms in order to provide a slightly discounted way for customers to get a variety of vegetables, fruit, or meat.  We usually get either the small veg box, the fruit and veg box, or the seasonal box.  Through the box I've discovered many vegetables I really like that I hadn't ever eaten before, such as parsnips, rhubarb, butternut squash, and courgettes (known as zucchini to you Americans!).  However, when we see that the current week's veg box contains a few items neither of us enjoy (here's looking at you, onions) we order individual items rather than the box.  That was the case this week.

Clockwise from the left, (kind of spiraling in) we got: sweet potatoes, parsnips, leeks, organic soups (chicken and vegetable and smoked haddock chowder), organic milk, fresh buffalo mozzarella (some of that was used on our pizzas) eating apples, celery, cooking apples (for those apple pies!!), halloumi cheese, butternut squash, lemons, baking potatoes, and parmesan.  The parmesan comes from a farm exchange in Italy, the lemons from Spain.

One of the greatest things about the farm delivery (other than the fresh and organic) is that we get little newsletters every week with recipe suggestions along with the variety of recipes on the website.  The food also comes easy to store- root veg still has dirt on it in brown paper bags (which means carrots, parsnips, potatoes, etc will stay fresh longer stored in a cool place- but if you put them in the refrigerator be sure to wash the dirt off, it can foster bacteria then) so our refrigerator isn't stuffed every Friday.  I put one of the farm delivery boxes (seen in the back) in our conservatory (sun room for Americans!) and store  the apples, root veg, squash, etc. there.  Nearly all of the packaging is either returnable for reuse or recyclable, as well, which we love.  

Anyway, like I told you, I was reminded to take a picture by a delivery I received today.

Mackie's crisps!!  We first discovered Mackie's when we spent two weeks in Scotland last October.  These are, hands down, the best potato chips I've ever had.  I am actually not a big chip eater because I don't like the grease and fatty taste- however, Mackie's crisps don't have either of those!!

There are a variety of flavors; the standard mix as well as Scottish particulars such as Angus beef and haggis.  I prefer the classic sea salt, as you can see.

Normally we buy a box or two (as many as the closest Tesco has in stock) when we're in Scotland, and since we have been up to Scotland every 2-3 months over the past year it hasn't been a problem.  Well, we ran out of our last stash at the beginning of November, and since our schedule doesn't really offer a good window to go north in the next month (or longer, depending on weather) I decided to order some online.

Don't get me wrong, I'd much rather go up to Scotland myself- I remain completely enchanted with the country.  In the meantime, though, I'll have to settle for the taste of Scotland here in Yorkshire!

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