This week’s box brought watermelon, peaches, blueberries, corn, tomatoes, beets, and green beans. It is definitely summer (in case you haven’t stepped outside recently).

We have sliced the tomatoes and eaten them every meal so far. My next plan is to dice the littlest one and make broiled eggplant rounds with eggplant from last week and some goat cheese and basil I picked up from the Farmers Fresh store.

The corn is gone already. We cook ears like this in the microwave (2 ears for 2 x 2 minutes). Let them cool and then shuck. Save the corn silk for tea! Continue Reading »


This Sunday July 1 starts the first ever West Georgia Locavore Challenge!

There’s a lot of great information about this month-long event at www.westgalocavore.com.

To participate in the challenge, you register for one of four levels of locavore-ness starting at 1 local item a day all the way up to a whopping 90% of your diet being locally sourced!

There’s a kick-off event this Sunday 7/1 from 4-6 pm at the Downtown Carrollton Ampitheatre. Find out more at www.westgalocavore.com and on Facebook.

It has become my habit to start with fruit, so here we go with some watermelon, blueberries, and nectarines.

These cherry tomatoes are officially fruit, too, I suppose.

Here are some Romano green beans. Continue Reading »

Here are this week’s goodies:

plums, nectarines, peento peach, and blackberries

The peento peach is a tasty sweet variety. Nectarines are non-fuzzy peaches. I also got a pint of blueberries, but I passed them on to a buddy before this photo was taken.

I’ve peeled the plums and peach and am preparing to make plum-peach-blackberry mini-cobblers. The blackberries are nice and sweet.

Tuscan kale (still the best!) and broccoli

baby yellow squash and green beans

All this photo needs is a red slicer tomato in the corner to be the epitome of summer eats. The beans are a mix of two great varieties – Romano and rattlesnake. I cooked these yesterday. Green beans are so good reheated that I tend to cook mine right away and stash them in the fridge for later. Continue Reading »

Massive fruitage!

blueberries, peaches, plums, and strawberries

I’m planning on making muffin-sized mini-cobblers with the peaches and plums this week. The strawberries are washed, chopped, and flash frozen. Chris is working his way through these blueberries fresh.

Cute summer veggies!

grape tomatoes, tomato, baby summer squash

If you are a tomato and come into my house, you are going to get cooked. Even if you’re a cute little grape tomato. I chopped these tomatoes and then called Chris to come steal some fresh tomato bites. Then I added the tomatoes to some chopped zucchini and herbs (from the other CSA program I belong to – Le Tre Lune!). Plus the requisite olive oil, red wine, and garlic. Continue Reading »

Nourished Kitchen is a wonderful blog about lots of good information about recipes and cooking techniques for preparing super-healthy food.

On the home page today is an article with ten excellent tips for success at farmers’ markets. My favorite is “bring a cooler.” You never know what kind of cheese or meat or other stuff might be available at a farmers’ market. It is the worst to have to walk away from something simply because it won’t withstand a summer afternoon in the car.

Last week, Chris, James, and I watched the Future of Food, a documentary about genetically-engineered crops, monoculture, and big agriculture companies. You can watch it on Hulu here.

Even if the idea of genetically modified food doesn’t bug you, the mafioso tactics of Monsanto surely will. What started out as a green revolution in the seventies to help more people grow more food has turned into an aggressive and dangerous power play for one company to have control over what no one company (or institution) should have control over.

And Monsanto has the money, the government connections, and the will to make it happen.

What can you do? One thing is to join Just Label It in pressuring the FDA to require labeling of genetically modified foods.
From the Just Label It homepage you can easily send a pre-composed email to the commissioner of the FDA.

In other ag news, the 2012 Farm Bill will likely be voted on in the Senate this week. Like previous farm bills, this bill includes billions in subsidies for large commodity growers of corn and soy but does little to support real food crops. Read more about it at FoodFight2012.

And here you can find contact forms for Georgia senators if you’d like to let them know your thoughts about this bill as they consider it this week.

FWIW, here is the brief message I sent Senators Chambliss and Isakson. (If you agree, feel free to copy/steal any part of this in your messages.)

Dear Senator Chambliss,
As you consider the Farm Bill this week, please know that I am among the citizens of the US (and residents of Georgia) who believe that the subsidies to large corn and soy growers have gone on too long and are dangerous to the health of our nation. If we need to subsidize agriculture, the recipients should be farms growing food that people actually eat (like vegetables and fruits) and smaller local farms feeding their communities. De-centralized, small agriculture has the same benefits as de-centralized, small government. The inverse is also true.
Susan Loper