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Corruption And Other More Wonderful Things

Posted 10/21/2019 8:30am by David Zemelsky.

I'm going to assume that all of you know that good food means a great opportunity for good health.  And also, you already know that many conventional ways of growing/producing food can be harmful to that very same health. 

A good example of this was brought to my attention by a simple but concise report in the latest issue of "The Cultivator" on the difference between organic and conventional milk.  The report, done by Emory University showed that in a blind test of 69 conventional and organic milk samples that the conventional milk contained pestcides, antibiotics and synthetic growth hormone residues.  The organic samples showed none.  The implications of these facts are ominous, to say the least.  For one thing, the overuse of antibiotics in livestock is directly linked to antibiotic resistance.   This threatens the effectiveness of antibiotic  treatment in everyday medical applications for both humans and animals.

"The Cultivator", by the way is magazine of a wonderful organic watchdog organization called The Cornucopia Institute.   Over the years, they've exposed weak and questionable practices in the organic food movement, often documenting how the USDA has bent over backwards to help huge companies get their organic label.  Big business has corrupted the organic movement and made the label in many cases dubious, to say the least.  The best thing is to buy local and "know your farmer".    If you can do that, that will go a long way for you and your health.  It is truly unfortunate that it has come to this.  The organic industry has many wonderful, dedicated and committed people within its ranks, however it is wise to stay skeptical of nationally marked brands of organic products.

On to farm business, though.  I would have to say that as it stands right now, we are sitting on the most eclectic variety of wonderful produce ever.  Diversity has always been the key to so many positive things.  At our farm market stand this  Saturday at Wooster Square New Haven, we had 25-30 different things to chose from.  Some items are always popular , while others are in need of a nudge from me to help show you new things.  I'm going to talk about one of them.

Braising Greens.  We now have beautiful, big robust, tasty, nutritious greens for you to cook and use as a wonderful side vegetable on your dinner plate  (or even a lunch plate).  A lot of people are reluctant to try them.  And I get that.  Its new, different and maybe a bit strange.  I will say, with total conviction that braising greens will satisfy - and in a big way.  So, to encourage you, we're going to offer the $6 bag of greens to be overstuffed.  Try some, and let me know what you think.

Other news: Impending killing frost has got to be just around the corner.  We've had about 3 light ones that have hardly said "boo".  But today is October 21st, so it won't be long.  Promise.

To that end, we're busy putting up small hoops for our outside low tunnels.  These will be covered with plastic, making for a good, temporary home for the greens that will spend the winter "outside".  These low tunnels are actually a micro climate that  gives the plants another 5-8 more degrees of warmth.  There'll be a few experiments, too.  For example, we've some swiss chard that is well established already.  In the next week or two, we'll completely cut it down to almost a stump and let that winter over.  In the late Winter, we'll be looking for new and tasty growth.

Our winter date for planting carrots will be coming up in a few weeks.  I'm going to hold off  talking about this late planting until next week or maybe the week after.  This activity is one of my favorite things to do and to share with you.

For those of you who are new to our ordering system, let me say the following.  Read the list below and decide what you'd like.  Email us back before 8AM on this Thursday with your exact order.  Come to our shed next to the house at 54 Fowler Ave after 2PM on Thursday.  Your order, with the price stuck on it somewhere , will be waiting for you.  If you are coming after dark, bring a light.  There's a payment jar on the table.  We think that this is an awesome way for people to get great food without having to shop the supermarkets.  Hope you'll feel the same.

Note: The list below is a copy of last weeks list, just in case you noticed some of the same photos.  There's something soothing about repetition sometimes.

Braising Green- a really big bag for $6.  Probably twice the usual weight.  We're going to just get the biggest handful possible and call it a day.

Salad Greens- with mizuna, a variety of lettuces, baby kale $6/bag

Arugula- not to be boring, but this is arugula's moment to really shine $6/bag

Baby Kale- for salad or an elegant side dish, lightly wilted $6/bag

Spinach- green green and full of iron and goodness- $6/bag

Pea Tendrils- again, they're best now.  For  pea tendril pesto and Asian cooking $6/bag

Carrots- boring to say cause I'm being so repetitive, but carrots are most sweet and crunchy right now $5/bunch

Radishes- ditto.  French Breakfast, Rover, Watermelon (a big favorite) and Lobo $4/bunch

Hakeuri and Namasaki (a deep purple) Turnips-  What's most amazing about both of these kinds of turnips is that they are even better to eat raw, sliced up for salads.  Roasting works well, too $4/bunch

Pak or Bok Choi- $3.50/bunch

Leeks-big on both size and flavor $4/bunch

Jen's Flower Bouquet- $8

Big Kale, Swiss Chard, Collards- $4/bunch

Peruvian and French Fingerling Potatoes-newly dug! $5/lb

Ginger- our ginger is so aromatic and delicious!  Nothing at all like you'd find at the supermarket $5/piece

Turmeric- it turns out that everyone wants turmeric for inflamation, general health and a grand tea  $6/piece

Parsley and Cilantro- more beautiful than I can describe.  Both herbs can kick up any dish at least 4 notches $2/bunch

Beets- $4/lb

Garlic- $3.50/head

Green Tower Lettuce Heads- $3.50/each. NEW! Crunchy, and very full of flavor

Lemon Grass- $3/bunch

Peppers- $5/lb

Hot Peppers-$5/lb

Tomatoes-still way way better than anything from the supermarket $7/lb

Onions- $3/lb

Have a great week,