Archive for May, 2009


Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Ustedes saben que significa el jueves…¡la caja de legumbres! It’s one of those boxes that makes even a fan of produce take a deep breath. First, since I signed up for the extra fruit share, eight baskets of strawberries! (And eggs of course.) I don’t know what I’ll be doing with these, to be honest, […]

The Farmer’s Kitchen

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

I don’t know why Wednesdays are traditional for newspaper food sections, but enjoy it while we still have newspaper food sections. The LA Times spends the whole section on farmers markets, and has a very interesting article that’s mainly about farmers markets at Kaiser. But it also mentions a project by Sustainable Economic Enterprises of […]

Ample Harvest

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

In the spirit of Neighborhood Fruit, about which I posted earlier, comes Ample Harvest, aiming to be a centralized database of hunger relief organizations that will accept donations of backyard produce. It must be pretty new (I read about it this morning at Wasted Food) as nothing at all is listed for my zip code. […]

Village Harvest

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Tuesday mornings are Village Harvest time for the well-oiled machine that is the San José crew. We were back down to our fighting weight of eight regular volunteers, and we powered through four houses in south Willow Glen. Of note was a truly enormous lemon tree. We used to be the Grapefruit Disposal Squad, but […]

Taking stock

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Although I read strict locavorean accounts with interest and enjoyment, and, obviously, derive a great deal of pleasure from obtaining local ingredients, I’m not a strict locavore myself by any stretch of the imagination. And when offered large quantities of delicious food that I honestly wouldn’t buy myself, I gratefully accept. Is this hypocrisy, opportunism, […]

Meat and Veg

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Yesterday was a water day; today was a food day. I worked at Veggielution for a couple hours this morning, harvesting the greens growing in between the carrots. We pulled out all of the greens, then cut off the leaves to distribute. I took two big bags home; I hope the rest also found good […]

Plant Master Plan Open House

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

The City is taking public outreach for the WPCP master plan update very seriously. The Environmental Services Department pulled out all the stops, bringing in many buses for tours and putting up two big tents in the parking lot, for mingling and the presentation. Inside, there was lots of printed matter. (click through if you […]

Cry me a river

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

I know I’ve used that before, but, really, it’s the only title possible. Today is National Rivers Day, and I joined a group of volunteers sponsored by Save the Bay, Creek Connections Action Group and City of San José to clean up a stretch of the Guadalupe River. There were about 25 volunteers, many of […]


Friday, May 15th, 2009

I pulled up my pea plants today. There were a very few flat pods and even some little flowers, but they were basically done. It’s supposed to get above 90 this weekend, so I didn’t think there was any point in leaving them in the ground. And then I noticed that my yellow cauliflower was […]

Fruit and Water

Friday, May 15th, 2009

As I said when I came back to it, I see a continuity between the water focus of the beginning of this blog, and my current exploration of local food systems. So here, in another nod to the past, is a link to a very interesting article from the Amador County Ledger-Dispatch about how reducing […]

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