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Beats for Beets

4 kinds of beets and broccoli

4 kinds of beets and broccoli

Beats me why I am writing a post about beets; it’s just that there are so many beets in my Community Supported Agriculture box (CSA).  I truly enjoy eating beets and I have now learned that there are many different colors to beets.

Can you beat that?  I am beating a tattoo with my wooden spoon while awaiting the steaming of my beets.

Here are some new ideas I have learned by working with a CSA:

  1. I enjoy discovering all the different veggies in my box each week.  Sometimes I have to guess what they are.
  2. Supporting a local farming family is great in and of itself, but actually knowing those folks is delight full.
  3. Lots of my neighbors truly care about what they eat and how they feed their families.
  4. Collard Greens raw make the best sandwich wraps and when fresh they look like big green beaver tails. (vs. wilted and unappetizing)
  5. If your partner grew up in the desert and spies a dusty patch in the dirt of your yard; will water until there is mud.
  6. One may not be able to save any money on the water bill if their partner grew up in the desert.
  7. If you have not eaten any sugar including honey and corn syrup – even ice cream – for 3 months straight, it is absolutely breathtaking how sweet a carrot is fresh out of the dirt.
  8. Beet greens are better raw in a salad than cooked – to me and my taste buds; my partner cannot be fooled chard does not taste anything like spinach which he loves.
  9. It is good to be early to the pickup spot because then you have your choice from the trade box, which later in the day is filled with collard greens.
  10. When you pay for your box during the winter, you will have food for your table all summer and from your freezer or canning all winter – My box is so full of goodness each and every week.

Can you beat that?

My box comes with a nice newsletter and recipes too.  Thought I would share this new favorite.

Rosie’s Beet Wrap Filling
Ingredients:  beets, carrots, raisins, cumin, and olive oil
How to:  just grate the roots and add the other things to taste.

The first time I made this I added my 6 raw walnuts because I had not had my serving for the day – that was good too.

It is “fair heavenly” as my mum would say and I enjoyed it wrapped in butter leaf lettuce leaves.

I think I learned to love beets, cauliflower and broccoli because my siblings thought they were not tasty. Though I truly do not like peas except when I am shelling them and they are raw fresh from the garden – I eat a couple of pods worth.

Do you have vegetables that you just do not like – no matter how you try fixing them?  I make stock when we have leftovers of something and freeze it for winter soups and stir fry, what do you do when you have too much?  Do you like surprises on your grocery list or does that overwhelm or disappoint you?

Looking forward to your lovely additions to this post….

Beats hoping into the car and going to the grocery store on a beautiful afternoon. ; now can you beat that?

Other Reading you may enjoy:
Harvest Potluck Cookbook
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

The Power of a Smile

28 Responses to “Beats for Beets”

  1. Lisa@Practically Intuitive Says:

    Hey Patricia,

    You almost make a non-beet eater want to try them. (Almost!) I love the idea of a box of veggies, though. My grandfather worked in a produce market and my mom grew up with all kinds of yummy veggies and loved them all. Me? Not so much. I did grow tomatoes in my yard this year (with that topsy turvey thing) and they are delish! :)

    I think I should investigate some of these veggies – step out of my own box, as it were.

    Enjoyed your post. (Your love for beets was almost palpable! heh)

  2. Patricia Says:

    I am enjoying discovering so many new to me veggies, even though my parents had a huge garden each year, there were things they just did not grow. Our tomatoes are blooming but not setting any fruit????

    I was also working on writing something to better master SEO..

    and this post just popped out of the workout !

  3. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    “If you have not eaten any sugar including honey and corn syrup – even ice cream – for 3 months straight, it is absolutely breathtaking how sweet a carrot is fresh out of the dirt.” I find this observation fascinating. I’m sure it’s true: we spoil our taste buds when we eat too much added sugar.
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..My Reasons for Going Gray =-.

  4. Patricia Says:

    I could not believe how good the new carrots taste and yes they are one of the sweetest of the veggie world – celery is one of the saltiest…

    I can not tell you how alive my taste buds are and how easily I feel full now.

  5. Talon Says:

    No. 6 had me laughing out loud, Patricia.

    I used to hate so many vegetables when I was a kid. But I love them now. I can’t think of any I don’t like now…one of my all-time favorite snacks (you’ll think I’m crazy) is steamed brussell sprouts sprinkled with salt ‘n pepper.

    Isn’t it wonderful when you truly taste things in their raw state and you catch all the nuances? That beet wrap filling sounds scrumptious!

    I love freezing the fresh produce now and having some in the dead of winter in a soup or a stew and tasting that summer goodness.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Creativity abounds =-.

  6. Patricia Says:

    This was my test run post to practice SEO…I did one on Biking Architect too today!

    I had so much fun writing it and it came to me when the word beats was found to have 44 million hits…everything just fell into place– including taking the picture from my yesterday’s CSA box..

    I love veggies…(discounting peas) and everything tastes so good right now…
    Thank you for your great comments – and I made you laugh – even better

  7. Jannie Funster Says:

    Darn it! When I made up your sidebar button yesterday I had in the back of my mind “Good Cook:” for what to write on it. “Food Guru” might have been a good choice too. But “Wise” will work, I hope. And of course there will be future buttons for you.

    And how funny, I was just thinking at lunch today how it must be so tough to live in a desert. We are close to the lake so if ever needed water we have an ample supply.

    I LOVE beets and beet greens.

    And you are So right about the sweetness of a carrot. They are not even allowed on the first 14 days of the South Beach Diet.

    Me without sweet for 2 days — let alone 3 months, I will most likely never go there. :)

    I do love all veggies. Except for eggplant.

    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..18 More Amazing Things I’ve Done Lately =-.

  8. Patricia Says:

    wow I have a button…will need to come over and take a look.

    Sometimes I think I would like to live in a dessert! but that would not be on the South Beach Diet either!

    I was just overwhelmed by the taste and now I can not eat so many they taste so sweet.

    Oh that eggplant is indeed a tricky deal!

    Thanks for your good words dear lady…maybe I can make you laugh by sending you over to Silver and Grace…it is a knee slapper – today – I think I even snorted!

  9. Mama Zen Says:

    #5 is absolutely true. I’ve seen it with my own eyes!

  10. Patricia Says:

    Mama Zen,
    I laugh nearly everyday during the summer over #5…then he says it is because I leave the water running when I am washing the veggies…hmmmmm!!!

  11. Tony Single Says:

    Man, I wish we had a similar scheme going on where we live! I could happily handle living on food like that if it were fresh fresh fresh! Mmm! :)

    And, no, I haven’t struck a vegetable yet that I don’t like eating. I’m sure there must be one out there in the world somewhere, but I until I meet it, I’m gonna be chowing down on veg to my heart’s content! 😉

  12. Patricia Says:

    I have been told that CSAs don’t exist in London and yes they do…that they don’t exist in NYC and yes they do…..You might be surprised – I think the movement is spreading and spreading…our CSA drives food to the two huge cities each 2 hours away…

    Let’s hear a round of applause for fresh yummy veggies!

  13. Mark Says:

    Sounds like a delicious idea! I would love to get a box such as this once a week.

  14. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. I love the play on words .. beat beets, or beets beat .. and the recipe ideas .. veggie boxes often have too much for one person .. so I did try them – but got overwhelmed with veggies I didn’t eat – not because I didn’t like them .. but just toooooo much!

    I love all food .. and often just have a plate of veggie on its own .. the beet recipe sounds delicious .. I love roast beetroot too ..

    If I have left over veggie .. I often roast them .. and eat them, or use them in salads, or rice dishes etc . etc .. I don’t waste – but again I don’t eat a lot of soups .. good thought though.

    I can’t eat Brazil nuts or Macadamias .. too rich .. I’m not that thrilled with Okra – but probably have never had it cooked properly .. I went off mushrooms for a while, and ratatouille .. too much of a good thing I guess .. I eat everything though!

    Loved the post .. great fun .. thanks – Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Could this be a sitcom – or a break out sitcom Ever had a one word – at a time – conversation Fish and Chips – how do you spell it =-.

  15. Jannie Funster Says:

    Hey, just saw you on Twitter. Would’ve messaged you there but I’m not sure I even know how to! Seriously! :)

    Anyway, looks like you are doing GREAT on Twitter! You been workin’ it, Girl! Way to go. You have way more followers and follwing than I. Keep up what you’re doing, expanding your horizons with focus.

    Awesome on all!!


    Oh, Silver & Grace?

    Oh, and I remember corn puffs when I finally broke — Day 11 on that food plan. I think HEAVEN must be lined in corn-meal! (I know you cannot eat corn, but anyway…) :)

    Off too sort thru another box for your cassette! I’ve not been to those boxes in days.

    But first to read and comment on just 3 more blogs. Just 3 more — I promise! :) Really!!!


    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..“Somewhere On A Michigan Highway” — Singin’ For &amp About The G-Man =-.

  16. Patricia Says:

    the boxes are lovely and they have repeats on the weekend at the Farmer’s Market if you want more of something…and knowing the hands that brought them – priceless.

  17. Patricia Says:

    Our box was too much when our children were little, but I have gained some planning skill and know how and now with just 2 of us, except for the garlic we are using it all…new styles of eating too.

    Our CSA has boxes for one or the Farmer’s Market option, which you can purchase a pre-paid card for so they know how much to plant – that is an improvement that have put in place over time.

    Oh you are so lucky to love those veggies…they are such a treat

  18. Patricia Says:

    I am working it at many ways as I am able to figure out – thank you for noticing

    Silver and Grace blog by Urban Panther has a post about menopause that is truly a laugh per paragraph – that was the reference.

    I know you will find it….

    I just made a run to the airport last night and the train station today….so much construction, I think I am going to just relax for a couple of hours and read on this afternoon :)

  19. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! OMG, you are so right about the sweetness of carrots and all fruits too, really, when you don’t consume sugar. I gave it up several years ago – I actually feel like I O.D. on sweetness with a mango!

    There is nothing – except olives – that I won’t eat from nature’s bounty, but I’ve had pathetic experiences with collard greens in the kitchen tho I’ve tried about every recipe.

    We have a farm near home that offers that box deal but since I’m up at the lake all summer we didn’t participate. I have a tomato plant here that just MAY ripen by October! I’ll have to wrestle it into the car when I pack up next month, haha! Fortunately here there is a farmers market and also a place to get grass-fed beef. I’m a flexatarian :)


  20. Ana Goncalves Says:

    Dear Patricia,
    It’s great to hear that you are supporting your local Community Supported Agriculture!
    It’s so nice to see more and more people supporting this scheme, it is very important for local farmers to be sharing and giving back to the community, and with customers such as that of yourself buying into it, gives it even more incentive for it to drive forward. The CSA’s local exchange scheme is empowering individuals to connect with the land and it’s environment through food and raising awareness about how valuable it is to grow food locally without relying on external actors who dependent on exports.
    .-= Ana Goncalves´s last blog ..Evoking brilliance =-.

  21. Patricia Says:

    I work at not letting some of my family members perfectionism interfere with my good eating! We did the CSA and had a huge garden when the children were little…and we live in an urban orchard – almost downtown.
    We left the CSA because it did not work for us when the kids were so picky in middle and high school….

    I think there needs to be much room for flexibility in one’s eating choices and finding health

    aren’t those veggies sweetttttt !

  22. Patricia Says:

    Ana Goncalves,
    Nice to see your comments again – thank you for dropping by…
    I have found the CSA boxes to be nearly worldwide and some great farmer’s markets are redeveloping after folks thought huge super markets were the way to go….the best part for me is knowing the people and sharing the experience with neighbors who also want to eat well and fresh…it is a yummy experience indeed.

  23. Davina Says:

    You made me laugh out loud, Patricia. What a fun post.

    I LOVED your many plays on words. There are a lot of ways you can eat beets and a lot of ways to play with the word; you’ve made that perfectly clear.

    These two lines particularly made me laugh:

    If your partner grew up in the desert and spies a dusty patch in the dirt of your yard; will water until there is mud.

    One may not be able to save any money on the water bill if their partner grew up in the desert.

    I just can’t think of many vegetables that I don’t like, other than artichokes. I’m hoping that will change after I try the recipe that Julie gave me.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..I’m Not Blogging You Are =-.

  24. Patricia Says:

    Yes! playing with words and KEYWORDS…now we will see if I can do this with all the subjects along the way…

    It rained yesterday all day – a steady shower – and desert guy still watered the beans for about 3 hours of hose time????

    I do love artichokes but my kids only loved artichokes when they were dipping them in butter – I think it was pulling the meat off with their teeth is what made it fun eating. I do them differently for adult tastes now and sometimes use the oil because it helps to reduce inflammation in joints…desert guy has RA..

    Try that recipe that Julie shared…

  25. Arts web show Says:

    you cant beat some good old beets. lol
    .-= Arts web show´s last blog ..Pictures and colours remix =-.

  26. Patricia Says:

    Arts web show,
    maybe Chef fie will cook up or beat up some beets? Thanks for coming on by :)

  27. Chris Edgar Says:

    That sounds fun to regularly receive a box of random and sometimes unidentifiable vegetables. My aunt used to send me various kinds of leaves from where she was, and reviving that custom with edible things, as long as they actually are edible, sounds like it would be fun.

  28. Patricia Says:

    Fun and delicious!
    Our box comes with a sweet newsletter and the recipes and a nice list of what is in the box!….We are eating so many lovely beets and carrots it is a wonder that we are not glowing pink and orange!
    Thanks for dropping by…