1000 Word Challenge - Week 13

Do you like vegetables? This week, Dr. Heidi talks about her weekly vegetable box service.

Which vegetables will we get?

The vegetables come from our local delivery service, https://www.localharvestdelivery.com/ and provides fresh vegetables directly from farmers.

Watch this week’s video on YouTube below.

This week’s text!

Read the text of this week’s video to check your understanding and practice your new words!

Here I am at the website of Local Harvest Delivery which is my local vegetable delivery service. This company is run by a couple of local women. They make contacts with – here they are! They make contacts with some of the local farmers and choose fresh vegetables every week.

The great thing about this service is it lets you customize your box for the week so you can take the vegetables that they’ve already chosen and replace them with something you like better.

So, radish for example, is okay but it’s not my favorite. Lemons on the other hand are very handy to have around. Beets are delicious. Lettuce is good. Pea tendrils – I’m not that excited about that. Subtract that. Kale is extremely good for you and I eat it all the time. Spinach is another favorite. Avocado are delicious. Cilantro is very good. Apples a favorite. Mmm… cabbage this week! Maybe I’ll make coleslaw or a stir fry with the cabbage. Turnips? No. Dandelion, no. Fennel? I don’t like fennel. Baby greens that’s just more lettuce, so that’ll be good we can make some salads with maybe beets and lettuce and a little cilantro, cabbage and baby greens. It will be very delicious. So, I’ll save that and look forward to getting the box on Saturday!

So today is Saturday which is a great day for a couple reasons. One, we get to sleep in; we don’t have to wake up early to go to work, and two, it’s vegetable day! So this is the day the vegetables get delivered and the first thing we need to do is take the vegetable box and put it outside the front door because they take the old boxes and reuse them. So this is actually a little exciting, because now we get to wait for the vegetables. And they never knock on the door; they just come like quiet little elves and place the vegetables, so I keep checking. But sometimes Moxie will bark when they come so that will tell us that the vegetables are here. So, now we wait!

Nope! The box is still empty!

Well, I just got home! I’ve been gone all day, so we’re good to go see if they’re here.. Yes! Yes! It’s the vegetables! The vegetables are here! Let’s bring them inside and open the box! Okay, here we are with the vegetable box.

It’s always a very exciting part of Saturday. So, they put in a list of everything that’s in here. It should be everything that we ordered. Sometimes they make some substitutions because of weather and harvests and everything. Oh, there’s some spinach. This looks very good I think I will make some spinach with eggs. Oh this beautiful lettuce! Now, we’ve got two heads of lettuce. We properly call lettuce “heads” of lettuce. I don’t know why. Now, this is good.

This is the greens. So there’s some different kinds of greens in there. They go into salads. And mmm! cilantro! This is a very commonly used herb here in California, especially on tacos and other Mexican foods. Wow look at all this stuff! Lemons! Apples! Fresh and delicious.

There’s some beets. I won’t take them out of the box because I don’t want… the beets have that red color and they can stain things. Here’s some kale. And here’s what they say about greens and lettuce, which is the darker the color, the healthier it is. So, this kale with these dark thick leaves is very very healthy. And here’s a cabbage, I’ll chop that up and maybe make it into a slaw.

And here’s some avocados. These are very green; they’re not ripe yet. I’m gonna put a word on your vocabulary list that you think you already know, which is green, but the meaning is that when you say something’s green, it means it’s not ripe. But it can also mean it doesn’t have a lot of experience. So, like somebody at a job, who’s green, that’s just starting out and doesn’t have a lot of experience. So that’s kind of an interesting usage of the word, but it actually comes from this core meaning of fruit that isn’t ripe yet because it’s green.

So, we’ll leave the avocados to ripen, and that’s all the vegetables that we have. So that was very exciting!

Words for Week 13

Here are the 20 words for week 10. You may know some of these words already. However, it’s very important with vocabulary that you practice the words that you already know in addition to learning new words. This is all good practice and will help your language skills. All these definitions are from the Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary, which is highly recommended for English language learners.

Word Definition
week a period of seven days
knock to hit something (such as a door) with the knuckles of your hand or with a hard object (such as a knocker) in order to get people’s attention
head a tight mass of leaves or flowers on a plant
apple a round fruit with red, yellow, or green skin and firm white flesh
service work done by an organization or person that does not involve producing goods
farmer a person who runs a farm
inside an inner side, edge, or surface of something
fresh newly produced, made, gathered, etc.; not preserved by being frozen, canned, etc.
replace to be used instead of (something)
delivery the act of taking something to a person or place
lettuce a plant that has large leaves that are eaten especially in salads
outside an area around or near something (such as a building)
contact a person who you know and who can be helpful to you especially in business
sleep to rest your mind and body by closing your eyes and becoming unconscious
substitution the act of substituting or replacing one person or thing with another
vegetable a plant or plant part that is eaten as food
green not having training, knowledge, or experience
save to store (data) in a computer or on a storage device (such as a CD) so that it can be used later
subtract to take (a number or amount) from another number or amount
order a specific request asking a company to supply goods or products to a customer

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