Today was one of those good days… one of those days when even though things didn’t go exactly according to plan, I still felt full of joy. As I was driving Ava to kindy, we had the Christmas** carols blearing and in the middle of a rousing accompaniment to ‘War is Over’ I found myself crying happy tears. You know, those ones that catch you by surprise, and you just can’t believe your luck!? When you feel as if there are magical possibilities around every corner?! Yep, well that was me today.
**(As a quick aside, as we draw closer to Christmas, you will discover, that it is my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE time of year… expect many posts dedicated to the joy it brings me!)
I’m sure my mood was buoyed by the fact that we picked up our first CSA box last night… and when I say box, I mean, huge piles of delicious and tasty veges!!!! To mark the beginning of the season, Ben and Shane (the guys behind Seven Springs Farm) arranged it so all the families involved would meet at the same time, and I must say I was super-excited to meet a small group of kindred spirits.
On the way home, Barry and I spoke animatedly of the months to come, and how this adventure would expose the girls to so many good things… learning an appreciation for where food comes from, and also (hopefully) developing a taste for a wide variety of vegetables. When we got home we picked through the box for things we could eat right on the spot (radishes, peas, broccoli rabe, carrots)… we had to drag the girls away so we could put them to bed. As soon as they were asleep, we rushed back downstairs to fix ourselves a stir-fry of broccoli rabe and bok choy. It was SO good!
Tonight, we enjoyed a fresh salad full of CSA lettuce, asparagus, roasted baby beetroot (from the local green grocers) and grilled Crescent Dairy flat white goat’s cheese. I also made some cornbread (I still haven’t managed to source wheat in the North Island, so I may as well get used to baking with cornmeal!) which was delicious.
We’ve been madly eating as much as we can from the pantry so we can start our Local Adventure fresh. We’ll be starting officially on the 14th (just over a week from now).
In a couple of days, I will be posting the guidelines we’ve decided will navigate us through the next six months… until then I wanted to share with you a passage that really resonated with me after re-reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.