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Early Season Delivery, and Reflections on the Meaning of Life

June 28, 2008

My First CSA Delivery

Well, here it is: my first delivery from my share in Eight Mile Creek Farm. Here’s what I received this week:

  • Arugula
  • Radishes
  • Broccoli Rabe (rapini)
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Salad Greens
  • Garlic Scapes

This being the first week, there’s not a whole lot available, understandably. There’ll be more and more as the summer progresses. I supplemented my box with a few other purchases from the Schenectady Downtown Farmer’s Market:

  • Yellow Zucchini
  • Pattypan Squash
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Butter Lettuce

Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of color in this week’s produce selection at the market. I was hoping for some berries or other fruit, but it may be too early for that. I will have to stop at Bowman Orchards on the way home from work one of these days, or maybe tomorrow for some U-pick strawberries! The strawberries in the supermarket these days are awful – plus, they’re trucked in from California, and that’s just wrong.

I will be making the broccoli rabe and peas for dinner tomorrow night, to go with Grilled NY Strip Steak and baked potato. And, I found an interesting recipe for fried zucchini. And maybe some arugula pesto.

Other than that, I’m not excited about preparing anything else I’ve received – I’m pretty much underwhelmed. But, that’s the “fun” involved in purchasing a share – you don’t really know what or how much you’re going to get from week to week.

Something of interest to those of you who may shop (or want to shop) at the Schenectady Farmer’s Markets: they now accept debit cards! Just tell the Market Manager how much you want to buy, he’ll swipe your card, and give you $5 tokens to redeem at the booths. It’s that simple! The farmers will give you change in cash if your purchase doesn’t reach the $5 threshold. Finally! This is really a godsend for those of us who don’t carry cash.


A few personal notes:

My brother-in-law is recovering from yet another surgery (3 in all), and is again on the road to recovery. If all goes well, he should be returning home early next week. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

And, my dad called me today to let me know that my grandfather realistically has only a few days left. Dad’s decided to let the doctors take Papa off all the steroids that were keeping him alive, so his suffering can end. Looks like I’ll be headed out of town again this week – hopefully in time to say goodbye. My dad is going through so much right now, I just can’t stand it. Losing both of your parents in the same month – I cannot imagine.

Lately I’ve been saying to myself – “Life is stupid.” It makes no sense – I go through life, working for other people, taking their crap day after day, accumulating things, being so “busy” with meaningless activities, not able to take time to be with my friends and family because work is so “important”, accumulating more things, trying to live a perfect life with a perfect body because society says I’m worthless if I’m not thin – for what?? So I can die? I don’t get it. Maybe my priorities are so screwed up that I’ve lost my way – I don’t know. Watching my grandparents die has really left its mark on me. Life is just so stupid.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 29, 2008 10:04 am

    Actually something you said to me a couple of weeks ago has inspired me…you told me that you were at peace with your grandparents and that you have no regrets.

    Personally, I think that’s the meaning of life. Don’t have any regrets whether it be calling your parents or grandparents just to say hi on a regular basis, stop taking your job so damn seriously and stop every now and then to enjoy the world. Whatever.

    I have regrets…with my late MIL, my friend Mike…the list could probably go on. I am making it mission in life to not have any more regrets.

    That way life won’t be so stupid anymore. 😉

    I certainly don’t plan on taking a skydiving trip or anything crazy like that. I just want to make sure that I don’t let what is important to me in my life slip on by. Sounds like you are doing the same thing.

    Hugs my friend. I’m only a phone call away if you need me. (And we do make time for each other when we really need it. That’s what makes us great friends. No worries there.)

  2. June 29, 2008 10:07 am

    And by the way…I’ll be crashing your house for dinner sometime. This all sounds way too yummy!!!! 😉

  3. June 29, 2008 3:02 pm

    I hope you don’t mind me stopping by…But I’ve made a promise to myself to always ‘connect the dots’ on my ‘meaning of life’ journey.

    Although the first part of your post inspired me to get out of my PJs and go buy some fresh veggies, it was your personal note that touched my heart.

    I second the comments made by the person before me…live with no regrets…but I’ll take it one step further with this suggestion: Have the “deathbed” conversation now…before it’s too late!

    Since my Dad’s passing, I have become the poster child for encouraging everyone to have “the talk” with their loved ones, especially with parents. Living cross country from my parents, chances were that I would not be bedside when the day came. Early on, I decided to have “the talk” beforehand so that I could have peace of mind/heart once they were gone. Live with no regrets and no (Catholic) guilt 🙂

    Fortunately, I had the honor and privlege of having the deathbed conversation with my Dad…several months before he suddenly/unexpectedly passed away. Indeed a learning lesson for me and the rest of my family…

    I can only say that having “the talk” truly helped during the grieving process. Some 13 yrs. later, his passing is still hard, but I know it would be far worse had we not said “all those things”…before it was too late…

    Listen to your heart…it’ll tell you what to do.

    I send my best to you and your family!

    Louise Lewis, author
    No Experts Needed: The Meaning of Life According to You!
    Free copy at:


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