Week No. 5 – 2012 Season

Romancing ourselves, loved-ones, and the Earth – with only the best

I walk into a conventional chain grocery store in a small town, and for the first time in my 57 years of life, I’m struck by the physical condition of its patrons. In every aisle, at every counter, from the doorway to the check-out, everyone I see is seriously over-weight. They’re pushing walkers, riding in motorized carts, supporting themselves with canes. Some are on oxygen and struggling to breathe. I’m overcome with a sense of fear about being in this store. Customers are advertising something about this place more loudly than any display, logo, packaging, or brand. My throat tightens. My heart begins to pound so that my head throbs. I really am afraid. The strongest impulse I feel is to leave the store immediately. I think of the cooperative grocery stores where we usually shop and have membership. I picture the aisles there, and I struggle to recall ever seeing anyone overweight shopping in those stores. Fit, trim, strong figures. Thoughtful faces come to mind. Unfair value judgments on my part, or honest, startled, troubled impressions? What do we value in our food purchases? Long-term health, mobility, a sense of well-being? Are we making our bodies, our souls, our Earth a cheap date? Standing in line at a bank back in the 1970s, my eyes fell on this line in a book over the shoulder of the person ahead of me, “The quality of our reward is in the depth of our response.” I never forgot that line. I’ve thought about it, tried to live by it in relationship to so many things. We fail our being, our body, our loved ones, our world that all need us to live sustainably when we seek rewards from things. Coupons. Discounts. Sales. Too often, someone’s work, life, health is cheapened, when this is all we seek in life. A garden of living things does not allow us to live in this way. It calls us, demands of us, that we respond with physical energy, time, expense to sustain it and make it grow. As Community Supported Agriculture members, you are rewarded in the depth of your response to this life. Think of it as you cook, preserve, converse over meals. Helping farmers at home and in West Africa – As Tony is away serving in Senegal West Africa as a Farmer to Farmer volunteer, July 2 to 14, we really need extra help at Scotch Hill. Please come by if you can to help with harvesting and packing early-to-mid-week, or weeding and other farm chores late week. We try to give Sundays off to our farm apprentices and catch up other work on Sundays. Give Dela a call ahead of time so she knows when to expect you. Or email dela@scotchhillfarm.com 

This Week’s Vegetables are:

  • Beans OR snow peas
  • Leaf lettuce mix
  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli OR Cauliflower
  • Spring onions
  • Radishes
  • Cucumbers
  • Garlic
  • Dill OR Oregano

Photos of this share help you identify each variety can be found by the website or Facebook.

Cooking Tips for the Week

From Dela: Easy Summer Cucumber and Radish Salad

Slice cucumbers and radishes thinly, chop spring onion and mince dill and other of your favorite herbs. Coat with yogurt or vinaigrette. Salt and pepper to taste. Chill before serving on a bed of lettuce.