Suddenly, Spring


Oh my, where did February go?  Usually, February feels like a long, boring lecture held in a room where the heater is on the fritz.  Not so this time round; Farm to Fork has been sauntering along, full of life and energy, keeping me gloriously distracted.  There’s a lot to say and take note of since the last time I offered up an entry.

First, I want to call your attention to a wonderful, slightly new blog and site in the Cities called Simple, Good, and Tasty.  I’m sad I didn’t support them sooner, but I spend so much more time at the kitchen counter than I do at the computer screen.  This is perhaps one of the best local real food websites we have and is chocked full of well-written articles on subjects that matter in the world of real, local food.  As well, they host a foodie book club at the Mississippi Market and have their own version (although much smaller and specifically real food focused) of the Blue Sky Guide called the Local Food Lover program.  It’s really a coupon card that boasts discounts at those restaurants and food businesses you would associate with local, real food.  Not to mention it includes discounts from yours truly, and so I push you to visit their site and learn more about this program to get you better connected to some of our impressive food destinations and businesses.

A few other things have struck a chord in the last month or so.  First, if you haven’t heard, Michael Pollan (author of Omnivore’s Dilemma) has published a new book called Food Rules.  No, it’s really nothing new if you’ve already devoured Pollan’s other food books; as a matter-of-fact it appears to be a quick, well-done summary of his many other books on the subject.  Even though it appears as nothing particularly special, even cute, I still think it has value to those who think they’ve heard it all.  If anything, it’s just the little book to give to those skeptics or difficult eaters in your life.  It’s accessible, funny, and perfectly to the point.

While recently wading through my various emails and papers I noticed that the Land Stewardship Project has put out their CSA Guide 2010 and I urge you to browse that.  The LSP is a great organization; it works in many ways, with many folks, to encourage sustainable agriculture.  And speaking of fruits and vegetables, there is another unusual organization I wanted to call your attention to via The Minnesota Project called Fruits of the City.  If you’ve a fruit tree in your yard that produces more fruit than you know what to do with, a group of volunteers with this organization will come pick your excess fruit and deliver to those in need.  How genius is that, and so simple?  I noticed on their site that you can easily become one of those volunteer pickers, among many other cool volunteer opportunities.  Too bad it seems to only extend to fruit and not vegetables.  Wouldn’t it be great if some team came along mid-summer to pick your daily dozen or more zucchinis from your sprawling plant?

All for now; Riley and I are off to the Wedge Co-op for a big shopping trip.  Look for upcoming info on classes and summer ideas for gardens and eating.

Happy Spring,