A few weeks ago, I signed up for six weeks of fresh vegetables delivered right to my home from a local farm via this site. They have a "winter" program, stuff grown in their greenhouse. We received our first delivery yesterday, which was mainly salad greens - and that's fine. We eat salad. There was a small bunch of carrots, which everybody has been sneaking as though they were candy, so I don't think they'll last a full 24 hours, unless I hide them.
They also sent a bunch of fresh tarragon. Any suggestions on what to do with it? Tarragon has not been a key ingredient in my usual repertoire of dishes, but I'm always willing to try something new.
These 6 weeks are a test-run to see if we use the majority of the produce. The spring-summer program costs over $1000 for 18-20 weeks (not exactly sure). I can't afford to waste that kind of money if we don't eat the stuff. Based on this week, though, I like what I see. I'd prefer to grow my own, but between the shady garden plot and the deer who frequent our yard, I'm concerned I'd spend a lot of time working, and have little to show for it.
Which reminds me: I claimed that the only thing that would inspire me to shoot a gun at an animal was a rabid one preparing to attack my toddler. That's untrue. Years ago, when I had my own garden in a nice sunny spot, I attempted lettuce for the first time. It was easy to grow, and my little row of leaves was coming up nicely, and I was salivating over the thought of a minutes-fresh green salad in a few weeks. One morning, I went back to do some weeding and pruning when I looked over at my row of lettuce. It was gone, nibbled down to the ground by a groundhog we saw frequently in the area, and one that Bill had once gone after with a shovel. At that moment, I could have throttled the thing with my bare hands. So, I'm willing to bet that even Bambi himself partaking of the fruits of my labor would find his hind quarters peppered with buck shot.