Call me crazy, but we’re doing the produce thing again this week. We’re really enjoying our new diet. Last night we had bean and cheese enchiladas with a big bowl of cantaloupe and a salad of romaine lettuce with lots of avocados and tomatoes. Breakfast was baked oatmeal with pears, and lunch today was sauteed zucchini, which all but one child ate with glee. Dinner today was this, with several substitutions, improvisations and vegetable side dishes.
So even though last week didn’t go exactly as planned, I’m up for it again. After all, our 4 quarts of strawberries at $1.09 each only lasted 24 hours, and we’re out of tomatoes, mangos, apples and bananas. We need more. Cucumbers, carrots, zucchini and pears are holding out well. We’re out of white flour and sugar, but who needs it?
Over all, I think the Grand Produce Event went well for a first time, but it didn’t help that I had car trouble twice before I got there, and wound up being late. Three times, if you count the 2 separate stops to add coolant (the first was just my bottle of drinking water), and 4 if you count the fact that I had to drive all the way there with the heat on full blast to keep it from overheating.
Then I left my debit card at the produce terminal. Somehow when I realized this and called about it, I managed to talk to the one person in the office who didn’t realize that they had already emailed my friend (but not me!) about a debit card left behind. Since she told me they didn’t have it, I called the bank and cancelled the card. Now I’ll have to wait two weeks to get another, even though the nice produce people are no doubt waiting to hand me my card on Friday. Such is life.
The purchase itself went smoothly (except for the little lost debit card incident) and they managed to
cram stack 29 cases of produce into my friend’s van. I was glad she offered to drive, since I was driving hubby’s little car. Maybe I was too optimistic in thinking that 29 cases would fit into the back seat and trunk. We’ll never know.
The dispersal of 29 cases of produce was much less smooth. Chaotic is a good word. I won’t belabor the details; let’s just say there will be a better plan this time. The fact that there even is a plan this time is an improvement. My Honey had some great ideas on organizing and I am optimistic that it will go much more quickly.
For those who wondered, here is the spreadsheet containing our orders. I have cleared last week’s orders, so you might not see much yet. I think we’re all still chowing down on last week’s pears, cantaloupes, mango, nectarines, tomatoes, avocados… Orders this week might be a bit more conservative.
Did you notice the column for totals? It actually calculates itself! Is that cool or what? Now if I could just get it to calculates each person’s total in dollar amounts…
Look, but please don’t touch. It would not be funny if I were to buy 760 avocados only to find out that Kathy G. really only wanted 24. Actually, you should only be able to edit if you have received a personal invitation or if you are a hacker; if you have an invitation, edit to your heart’s content. If you are a hacker, you probably aren’t known for heeding such warnings anyhow.