For over a decade I’ve know about the Purple Dragon Co-op and have been meaning to join it and never have. Last week I found out through a friend that the Purple Dragon “pod” she belongs to had an extra share due to someone not being around that day to pick it up. I quickly emailed the person who runs said “pod”, who is also a friend (!) and was able to get the extra share. (This is such a great way to try out Purple Dragon and see if it will be right for you.) When the Saturday came to pick it up, my family and I drove to my friends house to pick up our share. It was 2 reusable bags filled with organic fruits and vegetables! I could smell the peaches, nectarines and cantaloupe as soon as I stepped onto her porch. I couldn’t wait to get home and go through the bags!
When we got home I quickly pulled all of the food out of the bag to see what was there. I was amazed at the quality of the food as well as the amount of it. There were Peruvian Banana’s which my husband and kids ate minutes after seeing them. The most delicious Nectarines I’ve had in the past 2 years…peaches as well. These darling little round zucchini squash type things. Carrots, 2 bunches of Broccoli Rabe, Red Leaf Lettuce and much much more. It was amazing!
The kids were excited about all the fruit and veg!
I immediately started thinking about recipes I could create with all of this food. The banana’s that weren’t eaten by my husband and kids were put to good use in a Banana Chocolate Chip loaf that didn’t last long in our house. The fruit lasted about 2 1/2 days before they all eaten up. I used the tomatoes in a dish with the little round zucchini (that gets it’s own separate post) and on a Coconut Bacon BLT sandwich (also gets it’s own post). We ate the cabbage last night stewed with some seitan in a beef-less broth. I made my husbands favorite pasta dish with the Broccoli Rabe: angel hair pasta, oil, garlic, sun dried tomatoes and broccoli rabe.
There are very few veg left that I haven’t used yet. The only thing I wasn’t happy about getting was the celery. I HATE IT. I’ve tried to like it over the years and I just don’t. I’ll probably make a vegetable broth with it and some other vegetables to keep in the freezer for future use.
I was told by my friend who hosts the pod that they had one opening to join the group. I emailed her a few days after I picked up the food and said I wanted it. I am now, after over a decade of wanting to be, a member of Purple Dragon Co-op! I’m excited to see what will be in next weeks share!