week 18 2012: vision, hope, expectancy, courage

note: somehow we got mixed up in which week we are in; it is actually week 18!

Volume II, Issue 19
CSA week 18, for the week of September 29th

 This Week’s Selection 
Eggplant, Peppers, Beets, Parsnips, Lettuce, Arugula, Daikon Radish, Kale, Garlic, Onions, Shallots, Potatoes, Parsley, Dill, Cilantro PYO Green Beans, Flowers

 From the Farmers

This week, I will begin by sparing you my handwriting (yes, that is my hand taking pen to paper, not a font). I do appreciate feedback on your preferences though if you'd like to share. I am also behind a bit on writing this newsletter, and this week I will leave you with a piece written by another, though so dear to my heart I was sobbing. I rarely read the 'news' as I do not even know where to begin to make any sense of what is going on behind the headlines, short snippets, and pieced together quotes. It is easy to move towards apathy and despair, to feel powerless and hopeless. Where is the Humanity? I do however greatly appreciate it when someone points me to something that inspires me and brings me hope, shows me people not interested in quibbling and breaking people and institutions down, but would rather come to understand the situation and begin something real, plant their vision as a small seed in a properly prepared community setting, and amid trust and patience and humility and expectancy comes something new born into this world, something not just for you or me or even this generation. To find the courage within yourself to imagine such a vision is a step worth taking. Share your vision with a friend. A vision of what our government, local, state, or federal, could be, a vision of what our food system and farms could be, a vision of your work life, of your family life. What is keeping you from your vision? Do not belittle yourself, as each time you belittle a true imagination, you are punishing your soul as well as tearing a little bit more humanity from the world that is already doing its best to keep any humanity that springs up quiet. I know many of you have such visions, and I would love to hear of them and support them. This time of year I feel so alive, so ready to take on the world, even as each day until our winter solstice will have a growing darkness to it. There is so much to be gathered from the sun filled moments we shared this summer, the trials and tribulations and triumphs, to think through as I wait for the sun to rise later and later in the morning or as I watch it slowly creep into the enjoyment of my evening meal. Thank you for the light that each of you brings and bears and will continue to carry and foster. 

to hope and expectancy and the courage to bring it about,
 -Anthony and Lisa 

Here is the article Rich Zubroff sent my way, thanks Rich! http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/garden/the-common-ground-fair-in-maine-celebrates-organic-food.html 

We have eggs for sale! from our friend Ashley who delivers the eggs shares from Sparrowbush farm. There are some folks who miss out on picking up their egg shares some weeks and our fridge has filled up quick. We will be donating most to Community Action Partnership in Red Hook but thought some folks might be interested in purchasing eggs from hens roaming local pastures fed organic grains as such things are difficult to find. They are $5 a dozen, a steal considering the current cost of corn, soybeans, and other grains. 

A few flavor combinations... 

To work with, a little inspiration- 
 Warm Beet salad over arugula with fresh, soft cheese, walnuts, apples with a light warm vinagerette 

Mashed Parnsips with butter, parsley, shallots, and other herbs 

Oven roasted potatoes and warm steamed green beans, olive oil, and summer savory or thyme 

Kale, torn from the stem, steamed, with a little butter and salt. 

A little something else...

For the Children
The rising hills, the slopes,
of statistics
lie before us.
the steep climb
of everything, going up,
up, as we all
go down.
In the next century
or the one beyond that,
they say,
are valleys, pastures,
we can meet there in peace
if we make it.
To climb these coming crests
one word to you, to
you and your children:
stay together
learn the flowers
go light
~ Gary Snyder ~