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The mizuna told me

Wilted mizuna, soba noodles, banh mi style meatballs, mint, peanuts

I used this sauce for the mizuna, it was ripe for wilting. The meatballs are banh mi style: ground pork, sriracha, fish sauce, a little salt and sugar. Soba noodles feel a little healthier, and peanuts and mint (from the backyard) make a nice garnish.

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Cukes in June....?

Pickletime

Cukes from Lancaster Farm Fresh via the Co-op, dill from Emerald Street Urban Farm, garlic scapes from our Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA.

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Spicy

What weighs more, a pound of gold or a pound of arugula?

Arugula2

You know what a pound of arugula is good for? You guessed it.

Pesto

A generous handful of toasted walnuts, the zest and juice of one lemon, several glugs of olive oil, a hefty pinch of salt, and a pound of arugula (minus some for a spicy salad). Finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano would be a great addition too.

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We had a bit of work to do to get the garden plot cleaned up.

Hoo boy

I mean, just a little bit.

Luckily, I had some help. As in, luckily, I had two able bodies to do most of the work.

in progress

Whew! All ready for radishes, cukes, tomatoes, peppers, basil.

Cleaned out

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Scallions, rhubarb, two types of mizuna, mushrooms. I love this time of the year. Obviously, it’s great having local, fresh produce abundantly available. But what’s even better is how the CSA pickup or the farmer’s market trip tells me what to make for dinner.

CSA pickup, 5/5/11

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I’ve been pickling, a lot, to try to keep up with the mountains of produce in the fridge. I’ve only canned dilly beans though, so have mostly been doing just fridge pickles. Right now, there are red onions, kirbies, jalapenos (how do you spell jalapenoes? Jalapenos?), and a now empty jar that was pickled tomatoes, my favorite so far. This batch was a mix of cherries from our garden plot, as well as tomatoes from a mixed pint of cherries from our share.

Pickled Tomatoes2

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Even though we’ve picked a whole bunch of fruit this summer, I’ve been buying fresh blueberries in an attempt to stretch our stash for the winter. We were at Wegman’s last week and I was checking out the New Jersey produce for nectarines for this tart:

Nectarines

I had already picked up two pints of blueberries and had noticed that not only were there blueberries from Hammonton but there were also berries from LA. What the heck. I’m glad I was paying attention…I just assumed that all the blueberries out were from NJ, where else would you be getting blueberries now and why the heck would you want to buy blueberries from anywhere else? And they were all mixed in! I couldn’t believe it. So now I’m checking out the nectarines and this woman picks up the LA blueberries and puts them in her cart. So, since I would have wanted to know, I politely say:

“I’m not sure if you care or not, but some of those blueberries aren’t from New Jersey.”

This could have gone either way. It’s obviously none of my business which blueberries somebody buys. But I just couldn’t keep my mouth shut. Luckily she did care and acknowledged that she would actually prefer the local berries and thanked me for pointing this out to her.

Because I feel like we have really immersed ourselves in the buying (and growing) of local food, I take it for granted that other folks might not care. The package of Driscoll’s strawberries just make me cringe. I do think that as more grocery stores like Wegmans start to stock more and more local produce, people who maybe hadn’t cared much before will start to notice. Of course, nothing beats chatting up your local farmers’ market vendors.

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