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To the Winners Go the Spoils

July 12, 2012

I’m guessing most people didn’t realize I had a contest in progress. That would be right up until now. But as of this moment the contest is over. I’ve already picked my winners.

What? Is this part of a new strategy to confuse and annoy readers? Not exactly.

Back in high school I had a brilliant (if sadistic) english teacher. Let’s call him Mr. W. Well, he would give us an unholy amount of Faulkner to read, and the next day we would have ten minutes to write everything we could about four words or phrases from the text. Things like, “Your mother is a fish” or “Caddy smelled like trees.” These were called close reading quizzes.

The contest was snuck in at the end of a recent post about Trader Joe’s. I wasn’t fishing for blog comments. Nor was I looking for people to cross promote the blog on their facebook or twitter feeds. I wanted to reward close reading. So let this be a reminder that good things come to those who read all their fussy every day.

So who are these people and what did they win?

The prize is a week of my Roxbury CSA share on what’s expected to be peak summer date. That likely means, corn, red peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers. It’s a panzanella just waiting to happen. There is also a fruit share included with this, which doesn’t come from Roxbury, but from one of their neighboring farms.

Of course there could be another tropical storm, in which case these winners actually get nothing (or next to nothing).  That’s the risk when a prize is reliant on the changing climate.

I’m really looking forward to hearing about what each of these readers will do with their share. To win, each person had to tell me why they should be chosen out of all the contestants.

Now for the winners.

The July 24 share goes to Bob W.
The July 31 share goes to Steph W. (no relation)

Congratulations to them both. In the event that these winners are unable to pick up their shares on the assigned date at the pick up location, then I will move on to alternates.

Bob W. convinced me to choose him with the following words, “I know how you abhor waste above all else. As the primary cook in my household, I share your sentiments, not that food generally has an opportunity to go bad in our house (cooking for two adults and three kids, you go through a lot of food — surprise!). My boys (3, 6 and 9) are all good veggie eaters and having some off-beat ones I normally wouldn’t get at Hannaford/Indian Ladder/the farmer’s market will force me to get creative.”

Steph W. had a similar sentiment to some other folks, but I got the feeling that if this works out she may pursue her own share in the future. She wrote, “I have never had a CSA share because I’m intimidated by just how much stuff can come in those boxes, and how I would handle cooking/using it all. It would be useful to have a one-week trial just to see what that can entail.”

Thank you to those who submitted entries. And for those who didn’t, perhaps next time you’ll pay closer attention.

Tomorrow, incidentally, will be my 1,000th post. And to celebrate, I’ll be doing the same thing I do almost every Friday night. Rotisserie chicken dinner with the family. Although maybe I will open the slightly nicer bottle of wine.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Bob W. permalink
    July 12, 2012 11:07 am

    Thank you, Daniel! Like Steph W., I am intimidated by the thought of using/cooking it all, but very excited for the challenge.

    I shall do my best to get creative, if only to avoid hearing the children wailing at the table by day three: “Salad? AGAIN?!?! NOOOOOOOOOO!”

  2. July 12, 2012 11:46 am

    I saw your contest :) I subscribed to Roxbury last year and between weekends away and Farmer Jon I’m all set on veggies. So I voluntarily opted out. Yay Steph and Bob, enjoy!

  3. Kerosena permalink
    July 12, 2012 11:58 am

    “…perhaps next time you’ll pay closer attention.”

    Hey! I read closely, I just chose not to enter!

    Thanks for offering contests like this. I’m looking forward to hearing what Bob and Steph think of the share and what creative dishes they come up with.

  4. July 12, 2012 12:24 pm

    Completely off-topic question. SALSA
    I like the Frontera salsas, my husband however only likes thick and chunky salsas. Do you know of a thick brand which isn’t horrible?

    • July 12, 2012 7:38 pm

      Make your own? Chopping the vegetables is a bit labor intensive, but it really isn’t hard to do.

  5. -R. permalink
    July 12, 2012 12:37 pm

    Enjoy your veggies and fruits folks! I too opted out, as I’ll be travelling during that time period – Puglia, here we come. I think the food ought to be something quite special; maybe I’ll even take some pictures of it.

  6. enoughalready! permalink
    July 12, 2012 8:36 pm

    i too opted out…as i posted previously, had a half-share and conquered the excess by grilling or steaming and then freezing. now i support local ag by patronizing farmer’s markets.
    have fun!

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