Wow. It was hot working in co-op this week. I was sweating like a runner. Since I sweated, a LOT, for over two hours, I am counting it as an exercise day. To give you an idea of what I do at co-op, I’ll tell you what I worked on this week. I sorted 8 red potatoes into about 75 baskets. I also worked on tangerines, apples, romaine, corn, carrots, tomatoes and bananas. There are a lot of boxes of food. We sit 3 or 4 boxes of one food type on a little dolly. Then I take a dolly and someone else takes a dolly and usually there are 5 or 6 dollys of food working at a time. So, I only do about 1/5 of the baskets. All in all, it is a real working kind of work. Not like just doing something easy. I mean, it is easy, no brain power needed or anything and even the labor part isn’t difficult. But, man, hard work. The baskets are on three shelves. The lowest ones are at floor level, so it involves a lot of stooping and bending. You count out the correct number of each food into each basket. When all of one food is sorted into all the baskets, then you start on the next food. The heaviest and least crushable stuff goes in first. Potatoes, then corn, then apples, then carrots, tangerines, zucchini and pears. Softer stuff goes in later so that it doesn’t get smushed. Tomatoes, lettuce, green beans, kale, I think bananas were last. Once all the baskets are filled, we look at the lists of orders.
Tuesday is the day we do group deliveries. My friend and I deliver baskets to Devon Oaks, for instance. So, Devon Oaks subdivision orders a bunch of baskets and we take all of them to one lady’s house and her neighbors come there and get their food. DO might order 5 regular baskets, 2 small baskets, 2 regular organic baskets and a fruit only basket. We gather those all together beside the loading dock and the men move them from the dock into the back of my friend’s SUV. We then drive to the neighborhood and unload the baskets into the woman’s garage. We pick up the empty baskets from last week’s delivery and my friend hauls them around in her trunk until next Tuesday. once the deliveries are dropped off, my friend brings me home. Then I unpack all my food and arrange it nicely on the island and then I decide where to put each thing and then I store it away. While I am deciding where to put stuff, I write a list on a piece of paper of everything I got so I can make a blog post about it.
We got great food this week. Nothing odd or unusual. But, some unusual stuff doesn’t go over well here. The Bok Choy was hated by everyone. And I am the only one who will eat the leeks. And I don’t really like them. So, I was glad this week had only stuff that at least one person who lives here loves.
So, this week’s food is:
Golden Delicious Apples
plus, there was a lot of last week’s stuff hanging out and I got to take some of that:
I have been listing my extras along with my regular basket of stuff. I realized recently that it may be confusing that way. No one can tell what is the “standard” amount of food versus the bonus things. Working for the co-op lets me buy the $15 regular basket for $10. Plus, it lets me take any extras that I want. If there is leftover stuff from last week, or if there was half a box of tomatoes left today or whatever. Everyone who works there gets to choose extras and we all do. This week, the basket had 4 pears standard and I took 4 extra pears after the baskets were all filled. Also, the allotment of tomatoes was 6, but there were some left and I took 6 more. We use a lot of tomatoes every week. There were extra carrots and extra apples, but I chose not to take those. I did take some extra apples from last week’s stuff though. I thought a variety of apples would go over better with my kids than just a bunch of the same.
Anyway, I need to figure out what I want to add to my sketchy menu plans. I think we will eat everything we got this week. And I will take some stuff to my sister on Saturday. I know she loves russet potatoes and since they are not my favorite, I will take her the 5 of those I took as extras from last week’s stuff. Probably take her an avocado or two as well.