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This Week My Honey”s Lavender

Ah, New York, my sweet.  What’s not to love?

My partner started making ice cream this summer (poor me, right?).  The first stash from the CSA had some lovely lavender that constituted the flowers portion of our pick up.  All I had to do was stick it in the fridge instead of a vase, and the next thing I knew, voila, dessert!  This last visit to the CSA landed me some gorgeous deep purple blueberries now in the icebox waiting for the fairy dairymother to whisk them away.  So many reason to love New York this week.

But with some good news comes some bad.  Heard in the media-stream this week is that grocery stores are pushing back on consumers’ increased use of coupons with greater restrictions on coupon use.  The whole CSA experience, while a wonderful experience, may still not be the best value for folks looking to disrupt their regular food sourcing.  I’m still wanting to do a comparison of the options, from the traditional grocery store to home gardens to farmers markets and foraging.  While I can understand a company’s need to plug the bucket, so to speak, now might not be the best time to kick the consumer where it counts, considering that our flirtation with alternasourcing seems to be deepening into a more serious relationship.  Grocery stores may have even more competition ahead from innovations to their traditional model by store owners starting to think outside the box (Austin is expected to have the first packaging-free grocery store in the near future).

As for me, I will continue to report on my CSA experience, and hope that someone takes me up on my invitation to compare theirs (looking for someone signed up in the City with a different CSA, and someone from outside NY – maybe one of my Madison friends?).  (I am doing the full half-share, which means I pick up a full share – vegetables, fruit, eggs, flowers – every other week @ $550 for 24 weeks, which works out to be about $45.00 every pick-up, but would like to do a comparison with anyone doing a CSA this summer, regardless of what you’re signed up for).  I’m also looking to hear more on another …

QUESTION: how have your food collection and sourcing habits changed?  What percentage of your meals comes from sources other than the traditional grocery store?  Are you getting any staples from your garden?  Of the home gardeners, do many of you can to make your stash last after the season’s over?  How many of you are keeping the garden going indoors over the winter?  What have you got growing indoors after season?  Anyone else out there who’s getting their groceries outside the box?  Of those who forage, would you say that you’ve incorporated the wild edibles onto your every day plate?   With apologies to any skin-thinned freegans, have we got any garbage eaters out there?  Any other urban foraging?  Anything I’m leaving out?   Go ahead …  gimme the dirt!

One response to “This Week My Honey”s Lavender

  1. Ralph ⋅

    Don’t forget blueberry pancakes and waffles, yummy 🙂
    Buying habits really haven’t changed much since gardening. Whatever grows just replaces something that would have come from the store. The herbs are just an addition to salad, with some of them dried, or in the case of basil frozen. There hasn’t been enough of anything else to have a need to store it. Last year the cucumbers did pretty well but they were used as they grew. Overall aside from herbs things are not off to such a good start this year. I got 1 picking of escarole from some plants my niece gave me, and now they’re flowering and probably going to seed. The bees seem to like the blue flowers they make. I seem to have more luck producing seeds this year than produce. Does anyone else save seeds?

    I’ve heard of CSAs before but don’t really know much about them. Do they grow their own food or buy it locally? What do they sell, any plants? Would you say the quality of their stuff is better than your typical store? CSAs are one of those things I never really looked into.

    As far as winter plants, if there are herbs growing really well as winter approaches I transplant it into a container to keep inside. I picked 2 small basil plants that looked nice and they are already in a winter container. Basil is a daily addition to salad. Last year’s winter basil plant did so well I put it into the ground and am waiting to pick seeds from it. Keeping seeds from good plants helps improve your garden as time goes on. I also keep a couple scallion plants inside over the winter- like it in salad too. It’s mostly a matter of how many containers I can keep inside and keep moving around the house for sun. I have no south facing windows and the north side gets no sun so it’s a daily shuffle from the front (east) in the morning to the back (west) in the afternoon.

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