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CSA Week 10-2012

Posted 7/20/2012 8:40pm by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

Again, the Courier-Journal food section has provided inspiration.  This week the topic was Basil.  This makes us happy since we think our Basil is incredible.  They offered several recipes for using this wonderful ingredient, including one for pesto.  This is one of our favorite ways to use this herb but Beth also uses it on pizzas and sandwiches.  The link, if you want to check out the article is www.courier-journal.com/food.  

This week will be sharing Yukon Gold Potatoes and Cherry Tomatoes in addition to onions, basil, squash, zucchini, Boothby Blonde cucumbers, Lemon cucumbers, Marketmore cucumbers, garlic, fingerling potatoes and Royal Burgundy Beans.  Quite a haul!  In fact, if you bought everything you are getting from us at the market, you would spend thirty eight dollars.  Sometimes the CSA model really works well for the  customer.  We are all in this together and when the harvest is bountiful, you get to share in it.  

The weather is dominating the news these days.  Worst drought since Beth and I were five months old!  (She is five days older than me and I always relish those five days between February 22 and 27.)  Most of the talk is about the commodity crops of corn and soybeans. But, vegetables are also taking a hit.  These temperatures just don't seem to let up much.  We are thankful for the  one and quarter inches we got this week, and for the moderation of temperature today but it looks like the upper nineties will be back early next week.  Water hasn't been as much of a challenge for us since we use drip irrigation.  However, when we get our water bill this month it will show how much the drought is costing us.  I talked to one farmer at the market last week who expects his monthly water bill to be three thousand dollars.  He may just let some crops go since there comes a point where it isn't worth it.  Farmers can't really raise their prices at the market to adjust for this so we all just roll with it.

I bring this up just to point out how fragile our local food economy can be and how important it is for all of us to support it.  There are no government support programs out there like the commodity farmers have.  This is a local economic issue.  I'm sure that most of the farmer's market shoppers aren't aware of how much more expensive it is to produce crops in a drought and I already feel that most of the produce at the market is relatively inexpensive.  I walked through the organic produce section at Kroger last week and was shocked to discover that their prices were higher than ours.  And we are talking about stuff that comes from Mexico!!

That is why I am so thankful for people like you all.  You understand what's at stake here and how important small, local organic farms are to our food security and local economic vitality.  So, we will see you tomorrow at the St. Matthew's "Local Economic Hub" (or we saw you today at the farm) and let's give a big boost to local farms, local economy and true community.


Larry

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