Ani DiFranco says "When I look down, I just miss all the good stuff. When I look up, I just trip over things."
I always think about that lyric when I'm hiking, but yesterday at the Co-op, the opposite proved to be true. Jackson was pushing his mini-shopping cart around and I had to bend down to help him with something (I think his Thomas the Tank Engine train got stuck in the cart or something) when I noticed a sign reading "reduced price veggies, prices as marked." I dug through the bin and was delighted to find a bag of vegetables that were not only pretty good looking for being "bad" but also selected for their ability to become a soup together. Here's what I found:
Onions (red and yellow), a few cloves of garlic, three kind of potatoes and some herbs. (What is that herb? I thought it was thyme when I first saw it but it didn't smell like thyme. Marjoram? Tarragon? I don't recognize the plant or the scent.)
Call them "old" or "bad" or "past their prime" if you will but it doesn't matter one bit when you saute them up, add some vegetable stock, simmer for a long time and then blend into a creamy sweet potato soup for tonight's dinner (I added two more sweet potatoes from my counter too).
All for $4. I guess sometimes looking down is a good thing.