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Scarcity and Abundance

A few weekends ago I was making our usual Saturday morning pancakes while listening to Marketplace Money, as you do. One piece in particular caught my attention about entrepreneurs seeing the upside in downturn. Turned out my old high school chum Marie had been interviewed about the Portland, OR business she started, the Sellwood Garden Club - “purveyors of ultra-local produce.” She and her cohorts “take yards and lawns throughout SE Portland and turn them into micro-farms that feed not only the land-owners, but also patrons of the Hawthorne Urban Farmers’ Market” and some area restaurants. Neat! I’ve heard of some similar options in the Twin Cities, like A Backyard Farm, via the Lazy Person’s Guide to Eating Local. While I love the idea of it I can’t afford the price tag so I’ll just stick with my CSA for now. This week’s delivery included cabbage, potatoes, zucchini, cucumbers and beets. I still have some of last week’s summer squash and onions too so I am thinking I’ll have to veganize Stetted’s summer vegetable latkes and possibly make some zucchini blondies (sans coconut) from Crafty Lass.

CSA vegetables

Bonus: Utter brilliance. William Shatner, reciting Sarah Palin’s tweets as though they were poetry: No Rain, No Rainbow
Plus: New from Fuck Buttons, Surf Solar, from the full length Tarot Sport due out in October.
And: Kirstie’s photo alerted me to the existence of the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby. Maybe we’ll have to be in Chicago for that next year.

One Comment

  1. Chad wrote:

    Let’s hope these Backyard CSA’s really take off, then the pricetag will come down hopefully. So much food coming out of such a small space, genius!

    Friday, July 31, 2009 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

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