Archive for June, 2011

New Food Preservation Site

I’m psyched to announce that I am About.com’s new food preservation guide. I’m just starting to build the site, but I think you’ll already find some useful how-to’s, recipes, and links.

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Locavore Update

With the summer solstice just a few days away, the harvest season is in full swing. Welcome to the season of abundance! The wild fruits I’m collecting right now are juneberries,

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blackcap raspberries

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and mulberries.

Meanwhile strawberries and rhubarb are still coming in via farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) shares, and the red currants are ready to harvest in my garden.

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The CSA I belong to started up again this past week. We were supposed to start a week earlier, but cold,wet weather upstate meant Farmer Ted’s crops weren’t growing quite as fast as he’d anticipated (part of being a CSA member is sharing the vagaries of weather and other farming risks with your farmer).

Ted’s farm, Windflower Farm, is about 180 miles northwest from where I live in Brooklyn. Being further north means that his weather warms up a few weeks later than where I live, and chills up a few weeks earlier in the fall. Partly because of that, the first CSA shares of June are always very, well, green.

This week, for instance, we got lettuce and chard and broccoli rabe and bok choy. That’s a lot of leafy greens.

We also got snow peas, scallions, baby turnips (yes, with their edible greens attached), basil and oregano plants, garlic scapes, rhubarb and strawberries.

But back to all those leafy greens. Have I mentioned that my container-grown lettuces are doing really well this year?

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Not that I really need them now that the CSA season has started, but they’ve been great paired with wild greens in salads all spring.

News on the local food front:

Eat Drink Local Week in all NYC boroughs runs June 24 - 30. I’m looking forward to getting out of the kitchen once or twice to sample the fare at restaurants featuring local food.

I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but if any of your friends gripe that they can’t eat local because they don’t have time to shop at farmers’ markets or commit to a CSA, tell them about Freshocracy. This is a great new NYC service that delivers recipes and the ingredients for those recipes (sourced from local farms) directly to your door.

Last but not least, I’ve got got a bunch of veggie gardening, wild edibles foraging tours and other sustainable food events coming up.

On Twitter

The Locavore’s Handbook: The Busy Person’s Guide to Eating Local on a Budget

Botany, Ballet, & Dinner from Scratch: A Memoir with Recipes


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