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Farmer's Marketing: Bags

Among the odd-ish waste reducing, health enhancing things that we do now is try to figure out how to stop using disposable plastic - especially plastic bags and plastic wrap.  I'm currently washing the plastic bags I have and not buying those handy ziplocs. Instead we're trying out some brown wax paper bag thingies from Arbor Farms that my friend Heidi told me about. They remind me of the wax paper packages my mom made for my lunchtime sandwiches in grade school. …

Green Day - Saag Paneer

We have so many greens. It's not enough that the Tantré box is packed with beets and greens -  seven kinds of greens by my count - like a fool I bought even more beets (I love them so). I now am compelled to eat beetgreens as well as beetroot by the bucketful. Plus, my mother-in-law drove overland to us last weekend, bringing spinach and lettuce and herbs (and rhubarb!) from her Iowa garden.  I am seriously considering the possibility of greens for breakfast. …

Why have a CSA farm share?

I've been surprised at the number of people I know this year who have taken the leap into paying in advance to get a weekly supply of vegetables from a particular farm for the 20 or so weeks of summer that we have here in Michigan.  The CSA (for Community Supported Agriculture) model of shopping for your produce is like getting a subscription to a farm. Whatever they have, you get some of.  And whatever doesn't grow or is destroyed by hail or woodchucks or drought or heat or bugs or frost or deer or fungus or flood - you won't be getting some of that.  …

Farmer's Marketing: Wednesday, June 18th,2008

Pea season arrives - but who is selling pea shoots? asks Ed....  Goetz Farm has lovely English shelling peas and they are starting to have bouquets of their most beautiful flowers already too. Karlene Goetz has to be one of the friendliest of the people at the market.  I'm already making plans to buy her flowers for some upcoming events.  Here's how Eat Local America describes Goetz Farm in Riga, MI: 


Stan the Milkman

This is true: Stan is the name of our new milkman. We're trying out Calder Dairy's delivery service and last Thursday we got our first round.  Calder is a dairy farm over in Carleton, just outside of Detroit. I heard John Calder say that the farm started out as  the retirement project of his grandparents with just a single cow. But animals tend to multiply.  Now they have about 100 cows and each has a name.  …

Local Food News: June 02008

It seems like every other story on NPR these days has something to do with food. I love it. Especially because I recognized 2 of the people who were recently interviewed for the radio! 


Urban Beekeepers Creating a Buzz

Rich Wieske is the owner of Green Toe Gardens selling all Michigan honey all the time. He's also a beekeeper who has hives all over the Detroit metro area - about 60 or more - from which he makes his 8 Mile Honey and Wild Detroit Honey.  …

Bookends

I left the bubble last night, headed for Chelsea and one of the Tuesday Food and Film nights that the Chelsea Library is hosting together with Slow Food Huron Valley this month.  About 20 years ago Chelsea was a tattered down-on-its-heels little burg that seemed ripe to be another small-town casualty of suburbanization. Somehow, though, it turned around.  With its beautifully restored clocktower bathed in golden light, sun setting behind the Jiffy Mix silos, huge American flags flying against a clear blue sky, I don't think I've seen a prettier little town. 


Rhubarb Custard Pie and More

My mom and I have agreed that the best pie we ever tasted was on a late spring evening about 15 years ago - an evening something like this one, cooling, with the smell of rain in the air.   It's hard to point to one element that stood alone to make this pie so memorable. It seems to have been the combination of an excellent crisp crust, with custardy filling balanced by tart fruit, and the absolute perfect pie-eating temperature that made it surpassing.  …

Farmer's Marketing: June 7, 2008

This week the strawberries came. Isn't that the official harbinger of summer?  We had strawberries on our pancakes this morning.  And I made honey-lavender ice cream to have under strawberries tonight. Mmmm.  Waving goodbye to asparagus and rhubarb is a lot easier when you're waving hello to strawberries. I'm still trying to find out if anyone has organic U-pick berries....anyone? 


Excitement at this week's market was meeting

Signs

The Ann Arbor Farmer's Market is undergoing some changes.  I heard that the new solar panels have been installed and that some of the new electrical work and sandblasting is starting. Now that there's a new Market Manager, it looks like one of my pet peeves about the market is also starting to be addressed.  According to the City of Ann Arbor Public Market Rules, each of the vendors at the market must display a sign saying who they are and where they're from. …

Starting with Pingree's Potato Patches

In addition to the food news, there's been a lot out recently on the benefits of gardening. There was a piece on NPR last week about how even prisons are using gardens to help inmates learn marketable skills and reduce stress.  And did you know that Avalon Housing planted its first food gardens for residents yesterday (with plants donated by Downtown Home and Garden)? 


Tangible benefits like these bound together with issues around

More Food News

A few more bites of food in the news, some tasty some less so.  But all surprisingly mainstream and of a consistent message regarding industrial agriculture v. sustainable agriculture. Only one of these has a future with humans in it.*


The Omnivore's Next Dilemma - Michael Pollan TED Talk

"What if human consciousness isn't the end-all and be-all of Darwinism? What if we are all just pawns in corn's clever strategy game, the ultimate prize of which is world domination? …

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