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For crying out loud, y’all, where has the time gone?  

Somehow, people continue to stop by the blog here, even though new content has been sorely lacking.  Thank goodness for that freezing peppers post!

In addition to neglecting the blog, I’ve fallen behind on my commitment to One Local Summer.  My first, three-week post will be coming this week.  We really have been enjoying localness!

I’m feeling ambivalent about where YankeeFood is headed.  This spring has been cold and wet, and local produce has responded in kind, taking its sweet time to grow.  In fact, my CSA just put off pick ups for a week to give things a chance to get going!  

The first strawberries are trickling in, though, so maybe I’ll find something that inspires me to stop by more frequently.  At least I’ll get back on track with the OLS posts…hopefully!

Here’s wishing everyone in New England some more seasonable weather!

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…how could it NOT taste good?

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Eating locally in the summertime if you’re a CSA member and if you frequent farmer’s markets, often means opening the fridge, pulling out the veggies that should be used first, and then coming up with something to make.  For our OLS meal this week (one day late, natch) I added another level of specificity: I only wanted the veggies that could be eaten either raw, or blanched in pasta water, which was as far as I was willing to go with the cooking.

And what we ended up with is an almost all-local pasta salad.

  • Cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, green pepper, scallions, basil: The Community School, 8 miles
  • Tomatoes, corn, red onions: Ledgewood Farm, 3 miles
  • From away: salt, pepper, tortellini, dressing

The veggies were all chopped while the water was coming to a boil.  Once it was boiling, I threw in the tortellini, and when they only had a few minutes to go, I threw in the broccoli.  The pasta and broccoli were drained, rinsed in cool water then dried briefly on paper towels before being added to the veggies and tossed with dressing.

Bonus: at least two lunches for the week!

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Last year, I stumbled upon our CSA when I ventured to their farmstand while indulging in my newfound hobby of exploring the region’s farms.  It was the first pickup day, and I heard someone say, “Is it okay if I get my share today, even though I signed up for Monday?” and my ears perked up.  I signed up in about two seconds.

I loved every minute of last summer’s CSA experience, so of course I signed up again.  This year, I took a little bit of money off the cost by committing to work 15 hours in/for the garden.  One of the things I thought might be fun for some of my hours would be helping to find recipes for the weekly brochures.  Well, that morphed into creating and maintaining the blog and message board for the garden.  It’s been a great time and I’m glad I can contribute and enjoy what I’m doing (this is polite talk for: Phew!  No gross bugs and worms, and slugs and ticks and stuff. ).

Anyway…this weekend was the annual CSA potluck, where we got to meet other CSA members and have a tour of the garden in progress.  Much fun and delicious food was had by all.  Not to mention, the sun came out for like four whole hours!

Have you seen a better spot for a picnic?

Folks dug right in (CSA members are not the shy-eater type):

Kids found bug friends:

And we took a tour of the garden:

Everyone was excited about the prospects in this greenhouse (cherrygolds!):

There will be lettuce:

And the garden manager answered all of our questions about soil, pests, and other challenges of running a certified organic garden.

This picture is actually for Tammy.

A good time was had by all, and everyone left with some lettuce and any other orphan plants they might want.  Can’t wait until my first pickup tomorrow!!

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Hope

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Last night we got another ten inches of snow, and then another two inches fell during all the flurries today.  In Concord, NH, they’ve received over 90 inches this winter.  Here, an hour north of Concord, we’re into the triple digits.

But today, in the mail, on bright pink paper, I received my CSA sign up for this summer.  It was perfect timing. I have hope that I will again carry warm, earthy-smelling veggies into my kitchen and try to figure out what to do with all of them!

Until then, I will try making some homemade pasta this weekend and try cooking my way out of the doldrums!

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I’m baaaaack.  I can’t say that I love inland southern California, but I can say that I’m glad my folks are settled and happy.  I can only imagine how many more people per day (maybe per hour!) we have to figure out how to get water to down there.  Ugh.

First, OLS week 8, for which I am woefully lacking a photo.  My CSA pickup was Friday, so Saturday night we ate veggies and more veggies.  A  local cuke and tomato salad, with great vanilla and fig balsamic vinegar and olive oil I carried from Temecula (salt and pepper from away), and a stir fry of all the summer squash we didn’t think could wait another day, onions, both purple bell peppers and bannana peppers and garlic (all local!) in the CA olive oil.  The only non-local main ingredient was some steamed rice.  It was mahvelous!

But back to California and my visit to the farmer’s market – really fun!  The Temecula Farmer’s Market is a fun stop on a Saturday morning, with crafts, prepared foods and fresh produce.  Dad bought two onions as big as his head, and I got all the fixin’s for some guacamole and salsa (gotta love local avocados!).

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Dad loved the way these squash were displayed, he couldn’t get over all the work it probably took:

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I loved the different tomatoes, and the flowers:

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A good time was had by all!

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lobster.jpgLucky us! We had lots of local meals this week, including frittata, pasta with fresh pesto, and….lobster! We also enjoyed a barbequed chicken from No View Farm. Yummy, yummy. So, respectfully submitted for this week:chicken.jpg

  • Chicken: 15 miles
  • Beans, broccoli: 12 miles (in-laws garden!)
  • Fingerlings: 10 miles (I’m not convinced they’re local, but they were good!)
  • Cukes and tomatoes: 2 miles
  • Leftover squash casserole: 2 miles (minus the rice and cheese!)

In interesting and exciting cucumber developments: I made bread and butter pickles yesterday (ignoring the heat and humidity), and the CSA pickup with week included yellow, heirloom cukes – very cute and sweet!

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