|8th Harvest Week||May 15th - 21st 2006||
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bizarre that the produce manager/farmer is more important to my
children than the pediatrician.”
What’s in the box this week: (content differences between Family and Small Shares are italicized)
Aug 25, 26, 27
Sat. Sept. 23
Sat. Oct 22
Fellow CSA member Amy Hemmert asked if she could respond to Tom’s comment about ‘school lunch poison’ in last week’s newsletter. I remember when I read what Tom wrote, I immediately thought of her – she and her business partner are passionate advocates of waste-free, nutritious school lunches and from their passion sprang the idea of a lunch-box system that makes this easy. See Amy’s byline below for more information, but first, here’s her thoughtful input. - Debbie
Antidote to School Lunch Poison: All is not lost! Live Earth Farm provides a great alternative to those nasty prepackaged lunches that Tom mentioned in last week’s newsletter. If you’re looking for a way to provide more nutritious lunch options for your family, look no further than this week’s CSA share. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
Will they eat it? Your children won’t trade away their wholesome, locally-grown, organic lunch if they’ve had a hand in preparing it. If possible, take them with you when you pick up your CSA share. When you get home, encourage them to help you unpack the food and put it away. (Of course to my kids, this means moving the strawberries from bag to mouth!) Even young children can wash fresh fruits and vegetables and place them in their lunch box – and older children can do much more.
The benefit? Children who eat well experience less fatigue, have more energy, and have better concentration. They are more fit for sports and other physical activities, and they have a lower obesity rate. Obese children are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. They are more likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes, a condition once experienced only by adults. This puts them at greater risk for diabetes-related ailments such as blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure, and cardiovascular disease. Obese children are more likely to have a poor self-image. They tend to prefer sedentary activities over sports, which causes them to burn fewer calories and gain even more weight.
Like us, our children love and thrive on fresh farm produce. Consider your CSA share as an opportunity to provide fewer of those high-calorie, processed lunch foods that tend to be high in fat, sugar, sodium, and other additives. And in the process, eliminate all that single-serving/disposable packaging that generates so much waste. Our families have so much to gain!
______________________________________Amy Hemmert is a Live Earth CSA member, a teacher, small business owner, and mother of two school-age children. She is the author of several books, including The Laptop Lunch User’s Guide: Fresh Ideas for Packing Wholesome, Earth-friendly Lunches Your Kids Will Love (with Tammy Pelstring), available through local retailers and online at www.laptoplunches.com.
A quick crop update: this morning we planted melons; in the greenhouse, the green beans have germinated and are now 2 inches tall; and cucumbers, summer quash, peppers, eggplant, and basil are loving the heat after finally being transplanted into the field last week.There is nothing like the right tool for the job. For years I’ve been dreaming of acquiring a spading machine, and finally last week my dream came true. If you like to garden you may have heard of the French intensive soil and bed preparation technique known as "double digging." John Jeavons, author of the world-famous gardening book "How to Grow More Vegetables on Less Soil Than You Can Imagine," has researched this technique for years and taught it all over the world. The only problem is that, at a larger scale, using the recommended spade and fork to "double dig" anything more than an acre or two would be backbreaking and impractical. Recognizing the incredible benefit this technique has on the soil, Italian farmers have developed a mechanical tool that is attached to a tractor and basically does the same thing, only with 6 spades working together at about 1/2 mile per hour. One of the main reasons I decided to make this investment (besides the soil improvement benefit) is its fuel-saving potential. With this spader we only have to go over the same piece of ground once or twice, as opposed to the 6 to 7 times necessary with the discs and harrows. That’s a lot less “m” when considering the “mpg” of our diesel tractors! So although this is not a small investment for the farm, it is definitely of long-term economical and ecological benefit. And I guess one is never too old to enjoy a new toy, right? (By the way, it's bright red!!!)
from Debbies Kitchen . . . . .
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with Rosemary and Niçoise Olives
Favas and Tuna
Can o’ tuna (water packed)
Boil pasta in salted water, adding chopped greens for the last two minutes of cooking time, and favas for the last minute (that way they all are done at the same time!). Drain well and put in a bowl (or back in the pot – any container). Pour a couple tablespoons of olive oil over all and stir to coat. Add tuna, water and all (the warm pasta will absorb the ‘tuna juice’ and increase the tuna flavor) breaking the tuna up into bits. Stir in cilantro. Sauté green garlic in some olive oil until soft, and add to pasta. Squeeze in lemon juice and add several grindings of black pepper. Taste and adjust for salt if necessary. I served it at room temperature, but it’d be fine hot or cold too. (I’m taking the cold left-overs for lunch tomorrow – heck, this’d make a perfect ‘laptop lunch!’)
Soup w/Crème Fraîche
½ lb. red beets (about 3 medium)
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