Archive for August, 2009

Week 17 of Harmony Valley Farm‘s CSA (blog) contained the following:

  • Yellow onions,
  • Italian garlic,
  • Green beans,
  • Edamame,
  • Sweet corn,
  • Tomato variety bag: You’ll have a mix that could include Carolina Gold (yellow), a variety of black tomatoes, Copia (striped heirloom type), Rose (pink heirloom type) and some red slicing tomatoes.
  • Grape tomatoes,
  • Carrots,
  • Squash,
  • Cucumbers,
  • Watermelon,
  • Melon,
  • Poblano peppers,
  • Jalapeños,
  • Bell pepper,
  • Amaranth,
  • Salad Mix,
  • Eggplant, and
  • Cauliflower

As the veggies have gotten more familiar, we’ve been able to eat a lot more of them in any given week.  We ate pretty much everything this week.  Last weekend we actually bought a bunch of small cucumbers and pickled them!  Hopefully you’ll be seeing more about this later.

This week we took part in Harmony Valley’s Produce Plus program.  They just started offering it this week, but you are able to purchase quantities of certain vegetables that they have a lot of sitting around the farm.  Most of them are “seconds” which have minor defects that prevent them from being sold on the market.  Instead of letting them go to waste Harmony Valley is allowing their members to purchase them at reasonable rate. We bought 25 pounds of tomatoes for $25. Yikes!   We hope to spend some time this weekend canning them.

Wish us luck!

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Ramadan began over the weekend.

A few years ago I wrote this post explaining a little about Ramadan.  The more we’ve been engaging with our Somali/Muslim neighbors the more we have learned the importance of Ramadan.   The 30  day celebration is most known for its daytime fasting ritual but there is a lot more depth to it.

I really liked the below message from President Obama delivered on the eve of Ramadan.

For more information and links read this post.

Week 16 of Harmony Valley Farm‘s CSA (blog) contained the following:

  • Italian garlic,
  • Yellow onions,
  • Green top carrots,
  • Summer squash,
  • Cucumbers,
  • Tomatoes,
  • Green Bell peppers,
  • Italia or UW roaster peppers,
  • Green beans,
  • Edamame,
  • Tomatillo salsa pack,
  • Sweet Sarah cantaloupe
  • Mini Musketeer Melon,
  • Sweet corn,
  • Salad mix,
  • Amaranth, and
  • Basil

Yummy!!

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Week 15 of <a href=”http://harmonyvalleyfarm.com/”>Harmony Valley Farm</a>’s <a class=”zem_slink” title=”Community-supported agriculture” rel=”wikipedia” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community-supported_agriculture”>CSA</a> (<a href=”http://www.harmonyvalleyfarm.blogspot.com/”>blog</a>) contained the following:
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<li>Italian garlic,</li>
<li>Onions,</li>
<li>Green Top carrots,</li>
<li>Summer squash,</li>
<li>Cucumbers,</li>
<li>Tomatoes,</li>
<li>Peppers,</li>
<li>Eggplant,</li>
<li>Potatoes,</li>
<li>Green beans,</li>
<li>Yellow Watermelon, and</li>
<li>Salad mix</li>
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I enjoy reading about how others use their box and have enjoyed Simple, Good, and Tasty’s discussion about local food and their Harmony Valley CSA.  A recent post highlighted a more unique use of a CSA.  <a href=”http://simplegoodandtasty.com/2009/08/13/galactic-pizza-serves-pies-with-a-conscience”>CSA Pizza</a> is sold by Galactic Pizza, a local pizza joint.  The pizza aptly uses food from their weekly box, which happens to also come from Harmony Valley.

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Week 15 of Harmony Valley Farm‘s CSA (blog) contained the following:

  • Italian garlic,
  • Onions,
  • Green Top carrots,
  • Summer squash,
  • Cucumbers,
  • Tomatoes,
  • Peppers,
  • Eggplant,
  • Potatoes,
  • Green beans,
  • Yellow Watermelon, and
  • Salad mix

I enjoy reading about how others use their box and have enjoyed Simple, Good, and Tasty’s discussion about local food and their Harmony Valley CSA.  A recent post highlighted a more unique use of a CSA.  CSA Pizza is sold by Galactic Pizza, a local pizza joint.  The pizza aptly uses food from their weekly box, which happens to also come from Harmony Valley.

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Want to travel to Italy but don’t have the time or money?  With John Grisham‘s recent Playing for Pizza you’ll get to experience the food, wine, and scenery of Parma, Italy.  All from the guise of a washed out NFL quarterback playing football americano in the Italian NFL. Parma Panthers are a real team, here is their website.

A great piece of fiction, Playing for Pizza is based on the facts of Italian life and its small football playing crowd.  The Italian players play for the fun of hitting people and free pizza and beer, while the American’s tend to be not quite up to NFL playing and get paid a decent salary.

This is a fairly quick read and just like most Grisham novels does have lawyers (and even a judge) thrown in for the fun of it.   Don’t worry though this book is mostly about having fun in Italy and playing football.

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This week, CSA #14 from Harmony Valley Farms contains the following:

  • Italian garlic
  • Sweet Spanish onion
  • Green Top carrots
  • Savoy cabbage or cauliflower
  • Summer squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes, variety
  • Peppers: Italia, Green Bell, Jalapeño
  • Salad mix
  • Romance or Satina Gold potatoes
  • Green komatsuna
  • Celery

Sadly, we are out of town this week.  Our good friends, the Modders should be enjoying our box for us!  The above picture is what came in our weekly e-mail from Harmony Valley.

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A challenging story of how a successful Christian, CEO answered God’s calling reminds us that sometimes we have to do more than just sit in a pew.  Rich Stearns, is the current President of World Vision and is well respected within the international development community.  I had never heard his story before, but am amazed at how God worked in his life.

The Hole in Our Gospel, is more than just an autobiography though.  He critiques the modern church for missing a large part of the Gospel message Jesus shared.  Stearns sacrificed his lifestlye as the CEO of a chinaware company to become president of World Vision.  It is a cool story and one you should read.  But as he makes clear in this excerpt, he is not calling us to get rid of everything in our life:

However, I don’t want to also suggest that all true followers of Christ must forsake everything to bring comfort and justice to the poor. I
only propose that genuine concern for “the least of these” that finds tangible expression must be woven into the pattern of their lives and faith. That expression might involve small but regular gifts to compassion ministries, advocating on behalf of the poor to government representatives, or regular volunteering at a soup kitchen, the local nursing home, or the Ronald McDonald House…. Even Jesus did not spend every waking hour helping the poor.  He dined with the wealthy, celebrated at weddings and feasts, taught in the synagogue, and perhaps did a bit of carpentry.  Still, there is no question that His love for the poor found consistent and concrete expression in His life and ministry.

Yes, this book contains numbers and statistics that are overwhelming, even to me.  But his focus is more on telling the story about how God redeems us and redeems our brothers and sisters around the world.  Stearns will not allow you to get bogged down in the numbers, but will help you remember that each number represents a living person that Jesus died for.

Pick it up, read it, discuss it, share it with a friend.

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