Wednesday, July 02, 2003


I live in Boston and grew up in Akron, Ohio. I lived for years in Cincinnati. I am middle aged and newly re-dreadlocked, but they may not last. I am becoming clearer about the content of this journal. Hopefully in a month or so I will have some more graphically friendly format. In the meantime, I will be posting under these general topic headings:

Farm Share
Economic Facts and Fictions

Farm Shares

At my job, as a partial response to the denial of food stamps to immigrant and refugee residents of this country (1998) we decided to join a community supported agriculture project. The first year was a bust with a fairly inexperienced farmer, but since 2000 we have been members of Vangarden Farm in Dover, Massachusetts. Once a week forty families get a bag of freshly picked produce. CSAs are a strategy of those committed to bio-regionalism (more on this later). In this section I will give you a weekly update of what we got, what we are doing with it and what it means to be part of an urban/suburban agricultural community.

This weeks's share:

1/2 pound sugar snap peas
2 heads lettuce (my household got an extra head from a member who is less enamored with lettuce)
1 bunch beets and beet greens
1 pile of small, sweet turnips
1 bunch kohlrabi
a handful of garlic scapes (removed from the garlic to enhance development of the bulb. Tastes like mild garlic)
1 small bunch of scallions
1 bunch carrots

We are currently overwhelmed by turnips and kohlrabi and are scouring cookbooks for recipes. Two nights ago was Ragout of Turnips, Kohlrabi and Peas over ravioli.

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