CSA pick up August 14th
Today at the store our internet went down for 3 hours. That meant that our DEBIT went down for 3 hours! We were in a panic. Marc trouble shot, I called MTS support, and our staff apologized to customers. We put up a sign for customers to know what the situation was and everyone was so understanding and kind. Everyone was also so shocked. We have come to rely on these technologies so much that when they fail, we are all at a loss. How many of us keep a few hundred emergency dollars at home just in case? How many of us keep the recommended bottled water, fuel sources and non perishable food items stocked up 'just in case' ? My brother and his family live in Christchurch New Zealand. He, like myself, used to run his vehicle down to the last whiff of fuel, they kept in the house only what they needed. Then when my parents were visiting NZ a few years ago they survived the 6.3 earthquake together. My brother was on his way home from work and had to abandon his car to walk home as bridges were closed. My parents sat worriedly in the back yard with the kids waiting for the shaking to stop and for news that Eric and Sue were okay. The power was knocked out, so none of the portable phones in the house worked. They had no hard wired phone, no land line. Mom's cell phone had no minutes left on it. All they could do was sit and wait. Luckily everyone who I know and love were fine, but my family spent a week with 2 kids in diapers, with no running water or electricity. Gas stations ran out of gas, so they couldn't drive anywhere. No electricity meant no recharging phones, computers or tablets which meant to communication, no planning. Stores quickly ran out of food. It's not likely that anything will happen to disrupt the intricate network of North American food distribution. It's not likely, but is is possible. Some days the debit just goes down. And when it does, it's important to know that we still have choices. For me, it's just one of the many reasons that local food is so important. We need to have those few dollars in the house, those few bottles of water in the basement, those few thousands of acres of land growing vegetables for us. Just in case. FULL SHARE to contain at least 9 of the following items Red Potatoes, Organic Musica Potatoes, Organic Bunched rainbow carrots, Organic Bulk orange carrots, Organic Red Beets, Organic Cabbage, Organic Red Onion, Organic Parsley, Organic Patty Pan Squash, Organic Kale, Organic Dill, spray free Half Share to contain at least 6 of the following items Cabbage, Organic Red Potatoes, Organic Musica Potatoes (yellow), Organic Bunched rainbow Carrots, Organic Red Beets, Organic Red Onion, Organic Parsley, Organic Dill, Spray free You may have noticed that you have everything that you need to make a nice pot of borscht in this week's share! If you have a protein share, we've also included the meat sources to make such a delight. There are so many ways to make borscht, that I am hesitant to ever post a recipe on our blog. After all, the best way to make it is to do it the way your mother did. And everyone's mothers make soup differently. Not into borscht? Check out www.cramptonsrecipes.com for our raw carrot and beet salad. I love the crunchy sweetness of it. This week you get to be introduced to Musica potatoes. This beautiful variety of golden waxy potato is my new favourite. Boiled they make a beautiful potato salad, they roast wonderfully, I put them in a stew the other day and they held their shape very well. They are a sweet, creamy new potato that holds up to cooking better than the red norland potatoes do. As you have both in your share, now is the perfect time to do a compare contrast on the varieties. Patty pan squash are small yellow or green summer squash very similar to zucchini. I like them roasted, grilled, sauteed, and they are just gorgeous on skewers. At a loss for what to do with them? Check out our 'zucchini' section of the recipe web site, and just substitute patty pan for zucchini. You'll notice this week that the bags are getting heavier.....just wait. Corn, melon and squash season is just around the corner. You ain't seen nothin yet. And once again, the INCREDIBLE ladies at Banville and Jones have a wine recommendation for you! If you are inclined to take the challenge for a beautiful pot of borscht, we highly recommend our equally beautiful Cesarini Sforza "Brut Rose Tridentum," a quality sparkling wine from the north of Italy. At $32.99, it is a bit of a special bottle, but would elevate a simple bowl of borscht into a special meal. In fact, the Cesarini Sforza would also be wonderful if you are grating the same ingredients into a crunchy, raw salad. If bubbly is not your thing, try another Italian gem, the Col dei Venti Cortese, a lovely white from Piedmont, at $16.99.