We decided to try an organic foodshare this year (we’ve actually be meaning to do it for years, but never quite hooked up with the right people) and tonight was our first pickup. Since we had never tried it out, we thought we’d start with the small bag for a month and see how it went.

This is what it looked like spread out on our counter.

Many of the items were easy to identify, but I did have to take to the web to identify a few (and after an hour, I still had not identified one). We were pleasantly surprised by the variety in the bag (although you will note that there are three different kinds of salad greens. Good thing that we like salads. There may be four if Pak choi is considered a salad green, but so far I have only gone as far as identifying it, not figuring out how to use it).

In case you are curious, they are: 1. Green onions and chives – 2. Lettuce (green leaf) – 3. Shiitake Mushrooms – 4. Rhubarb – 5. Bananas – 6. Pak choi – 7. Bag of greens (which once unpacked also yielded mint and another item that I can recognize but not name) – 8. Raddishes – 9. Asparagus – 10. Lettuce (butterhead, I think) – 11. Lemon – 12. Potatoes – 13. Carrot – 14. Parsnip – 15. Mystery item

The mystery item has me a bit stumped. I thought I recognized the smell of it, but the look of it was a bit off-putting.

Kind of creepy looking, no? In the end I decided to try to taste it and while it still seems familiar, I just can’t place it. I may just cook it and see what happens!