There’s always something fresh going on in Crock Country. Here’s a look at some of the latest trends we’re seeing in this veggie-loving land:
1. Recipe Exchange Parties
Whenever you spot a parade of folks carrying steaming bowls of vegetables through someone’s front door, you can bet there’s going to be a few good laughs, flavors and—especially—recipes shared between friends. Here in Crock Country, people are always looking for new ways to spread the veggie love. In some places, these gatherings might be called potlucks. But here? They’re Crock Lucks.
2. Veggie of the Moment: Potatoes
Under the decree of “No vegetable left behind,” the people of Crock Country are currently championing the not-so-colorful, but-oh-so-tasty spud—and dreaming up dozens of new ways to serve it. So far, we’ve seen these root vegetables topped with mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, onions and more. Folks here can’t wait to taste what’s next!
3. Marvelous Meatless Mondays
The citizens of Crock Country are always trying to sneak a few extra veggies into the day, but recently they stopped sneaking and started celebrating a weekly 24-hour block of all-you-can-eat veggies. Marvelous Mondays are now the one day a week vegetables take center stage. There’s even a new bumper sticker popping up around town: TGIM.
4. The Pickling Pickle
Although we in Crock Country love a pickled cucumber or carrot as much as the next guy, we’ve run into a bit of quandary here lately. It seems we simply can’t get much produce to the pickling kitchen—because folks keep eating up the fresh veggies almost as fast as they arrive. We’ve got our best minds on it but, for now, we figure there are worse problems a country could have.
5. Supermarket Celebrities
Turns out checkout-lane magazines aren’t the only place to spot a celebrity in Crock Country. Lately the produce section is the place to be, as folks line up for a chance to ask the local produce guy their veggie questions, like: Is this zucchini ripe? When is cabbage in season? What’s your favorite green bean recipe? Can you sign my butternut squash?
6. Veggie Trucks
In Crock Country, vegetables are music to kids’ ears. Literally. Because when they hear the sweet music-box strains of a loudspeaker-piped melody coming up the street, they know that heaping, hot servings of delicious veggies are on the way, and they race to get their share. You know the saying, right? I scream, you scream, we all scream for irresistibly delicious veggies! Looks like that food-truck trend is here to stay in Crock Country.