Sunday, April 06, 2008
Meet Marble and Loder
Thanks to my good friends Kim C. and Jenny, our church has embarked upon a wonderful adventure---a produce co-op like no other. I've been part of several co-ops before, but usually you have to pay a set amount of money in order to receive random produce that is at chosen at the discretion of the "picker". But this co-op is being run differently. They've set up a Google spreadsheet that allows individuals to make their selections from the list ahead of time so that it's a personalized order. The prices are still phenomenal (about 50% of grocery store), but you don't have to try and find a use for 10 bell peppers or 3 jicamas in one week if you don't want to.
So we showed up for the first co-op, and discovered that our zucchini order (6 lbs.)was being fulfilled by two zucchinis. These suckers were gargantuan! So I wasn't too surprised when my daughter decided to name them. After all, they certainly were no smaller than a sizeable weinie dog. Marble and Loder (pronounced "Loader") were toted around with love and affectionately caressed. All was peachy until it came time to make the often-requested Squash Boats. Then the tears came as Marble was carefully disected. I must say, I've never seen anyone get so emotional over a vegetable, but hey, there was an attachment there. (Loder got to live for a few days longer, since it turned out that one of these zucchinis was enough to make a meal for our family of five!)
(Note that this is a 9 x 13 baker!)
I'm happy to report that all's well that ends well. Although I had been afraid that the size of the squash was going to compromise it's tenderness, I was wrong. The dinner was delicious, and even Emma didn't seem to miss Marble too much once she tasted his squashy goodness.