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Montreal farmshare weeks 3 & 4

Week 3 of my farm-share included: 2 edible flowers 1 pint raspberries 2 heads chicory? 1 big head Boston lettuce 2 kohlrabi 1 bunch kale 1 large bunch swiss and rainbow chard 1 bag big snow peas 1 cucumber 4 zucchini 1 bag dried speckled romano beans 2 dozen eggs purchased Week 4: 1 head chicory? 1 big head...

My Montreal CSA box – baskets #1 & #2

I've mentioned the CSA I belong to many times and I've also been eagerly awaiting the start of the summer season - which began last week. I'm sure many people who live in the USA and some Canadians on the west coast are able to enjoy fresh local vegetables all year round, but the growing season in Montreal...

Digest: You say tomato, we say no-thanko, Kind’s FARM 21 analyzed, “mama cooks”

NEWS Please, someone save us from ourselves: A new variety of tomato (right) has been genetically modified to restore some of the flavor and aroma lost from when tomatoes were bred to be durable for shipping. Or, for no-risk deliciousness, you could just eat an heirloom tomato instead. (Scientific American)...

Digest: Pet food case still unsolved, Frankenskeeters, McJobs to be redefined?

Pet food update: Menu Foods of Streetsville, Ontario, the manufacturer that has recalled over 60 million cans and pouches of pet food implicated in sickening or killing many cats and dogs, had begun testing the food Feb. 27 after receiving reports of sick pets. Seven of the 40-50 test animals died. The only...

Digest: Chemical “obesogens,” Caruso Q&A, toddler tricks, Windy City CSA guide

Another reason processed food may make us fat: Some preliminary research is indicating that environmental exposure to common chemicals — including pesticides and those used in food and beverage containers — may trigger obesity. The NIH's National Toxicology Program is reviewing bisphenol A, a chemical used...

Survey: What do you get in your CSA basket?

I am very happy to be eating again. I am also pretty thankful that my CSA has taken me back. During the summer months, I looked forward to each and every Thursday, which was the day when I could pick up my box of local organic vegetables. I never knew what I would be eating over the coming 7 days and I...

Digest: Packer ban, organic schism, organic cloning, “ethical” foie gras

Meat monopoly busters: A new "packer ban" bill introduced by Senators Charles Grassley and Tom Harkin seeks to prohibit the large meatpackers from buying and raising their own livestock, which leads to price gouging and shutting out small farmers and ranchers. This is really big news, as it would basically...

Greens, greens everywhere — or at least in my CSA box

Last week our CSA box was full almost entirely of greens. We had a sizable bag each of arugula, spinach, bitter greens, and baby lettuces. According to the newsletter, we had narrowly missed getting bok choi as well. I like salad, and I especially like it right now, when I'm constantly being mugged by...

Provisions Mushroom CSA through Helsing Junction

I've lost track of the post where the local mushroom CSA was discussed - oh, there it is, but I'll give this topic a full post just the same. Provisions Mushroom CSA is piggy-backing on Helsing Junction CSA Farm's delivery system to provide mushrooms. Their information is not available on Helsing Junction's...

Meating expectations

Sunday was our regular pick-up of meat from the Crown S CSA, as well as a lengthy planning meeting. We had new faces - people who joined after the initial deadline had passed - so we spent a couple of hours discussing what has and hasn't worked. We also had tasty food that members had brought. Because of...

Introducing the CSA Challenge: Cook inside the box

Do you get seasonal veggies delivered from a local farm, also known as a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box? Ever feel overwhelmed with what to do with everything? A friend just hosted our first-ever CSA Challenge, a lively dinner party that solved that problem. Here's how it works. Pick up your CSA...

A visit to Clark Summit Farm in Tomales, CA

(Updated to add working link to Millie the pig wallowing, and to correct a few minor factual errors) What could be better than starting out a family vacation with a trip to a family farm? That's how I attempted to sell our stopover at Clark Summit Farm in Tomales to the Dairy Queen Mother and Surfer Sis...

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