Me And My CSA

Yes, I belong to a CSA.

If you don't know, CSA stands for Community Sponsored Agriculture, also known as a farm share. It works thusly: you give a farm 500 bucks or so up front, and for 16 weeks or so over the summer, you get a box of whatever they've harvested that week.

This seems like a good time to stake out my basic position on Responsible Eating, because Responsible Eaters adore CSAs. They suppport small family farms, they bring you even closer to your food than the Whole Foods produce department does, and they generally stick it to the Monsanto.

For my CSA, I went with Rock Spring Farms, just over the border in northern Iowa. I could have upped my locavore cred (and lowered my carbon footprint) by using a closer farm. I could have gone down and worked there for a day, meeting my farmers and getting to at least second base with the very soil that nourishes me. But I didn't.

You see, Rock Spring Farms delivers very close to my home. Rock Spring Farms has online ordering, and emails me each Thursday to tell me what I'll be picking up on Friday. Rock Spring Farms takes motherfucking Paypal. Yeah, I believe in responsible eating, but I also believe in selfish convenience and my own enjoyment. I could do more, but at least I'm not eating Lunchables. So I figure that puts me at least halfway between "part of the solution" and "part of the problem". Which, as you'll see, is where I sit on most food politics.

Tomorrow's box looks like asparagus, fennel, peppermint, lettuce, radishes, and arugula. Asparagus and fennel are easy to use. Peppermint and radishes less so, especially with all the mint and radishes I haven't used from last week.

For the arugula? Maybe a beef patty, a bun, and some mustard. No ketchup. Call it the Obama Elitist Burger.

 

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WOOT

FIRST POST!!!!!!
How do I go about loading my sig with the ten paragraph Ayn Rand quote and the 5 meg animated gif of me playing Guitar Hero?

I haven't implemented

I haven't implemented "Special Subscriber" features yet, but I'm sure you'll find them very... reasonable.
 

CSA Eastside

We've had a bad start to our CSA year.  Common Harvest is out east of Stillwater (Osceola, WI) and is about a week behind because of the cool temperatures and sizable water shortages. 
They had to start a week late this year because of the adverse growing conditions and sent a note along saying that, yes, things will be a little slow out of the gate this year.  Still, we got our first box full of dill, spinach, chard, and lettuce.  The rainbow chard is gone already as part of a stirfry (the greens so nice you can use 'em twice; stalks cut off make an excellent celery-like addition to the stirfry, then use the greens at the last minute).
Spinach/Dill lentils are about to ensue as well.  One of the great tried and true recipes of the Johnson House; I'll post it later.  Good way to use dill if you don't pickle.

Slow season

Here in sunny SoCal, our garden is sputtering along. Last year the zuccini was very prolifant and we were eating it a month after we planted.
This year we've had the zuc one time and we planted the 2nd week in May.
Same with the Green Beans.
The only thing that came on schedule was the peaches, and they came and went before we could eat more than a small percent.
Climate change? Who knows (besides Al Gore, obviously)
 
P.S. Brian- could you incorporate spell-check to the comments? Not complaining about your spelling, but mine sucks.

Should be possible

P.S. Brian- could you incorporate spell-check to the comments? Not complaining about your spelling, but mine sucks.
I'll check with Mikey on Monday. It should be possible - YAD has a spellchecker in its form editor, but we switchet to TinyMCE for Forkbastard, so he may have to install something else.
 

Brian- could you incorporate

Brian- could you incorporate spell-check
Oh, sweet irony.  

Peppermint

You could freeze some of the peppermint in cubes - it should thaw in decent shape for sauces, drinks, etc., and maybe even for tabouli. Actually, Middle Eastern is probably the place to go with the mint overall. Dried-lemon lemonade with mint? Mmm, Babani's.

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