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Any starch based veggie is good for me! Corn, potatoes and peas. Yum-0.

I had to cancel my CSA pick up this week since I will be on a red-eye back from LA, but I still got the list of what would have been in my bag tonight and it made me very sad.

bicolor corn, cucumber, squash, carrots, beets, potatoes, chard, basil, Thai basil

Sign. BUT I thought I was going to miss the first week of tomatoes and I didn’t, so thats a relief! But CORN!?!?!

That’s almost as bad.

To start off my veggie posts from last weekend…frozen squash! This method freezing is great because you blanch, then pre-freeze in a single layer on a cookie sheet. See how nice and separate they are? Like little golden coins. They will be so easy to use in soups or as a side. Yum. I love the idea of local veggies in the winter. If they make it that long!

These days, one can hardly talk about food without talking about obesity. It’s similar to every nature show having a little nod to climate change before it wraps up. It’s the issue du jour. There are so many shows on TV and products on the market about obesity or to help folks lose those unwanted pounds.

It is clear that there is an obesity problem in the US, and because of that–somehow– it is okay to fat-shame. I am getting SO sick of the generic scene that accompanies every media story about fatness of ‘obese’ people’s rear ends walking, while ‘tactfully’ not showing their faces.

Then came this Jamie Oliver show. A man that I previously liked…don’t even get me started. It’s hook is sensationalized shaming of mothers for killing their children with ho-hos in the fattest town in America!!!  I realized just how much this trend is bothering me. Read this post “Jamie Oliver’s Not So Awesome Food Revolution” from the Uppercase Woman, which is a wonderful analysis that I agree with whole-heartedly.

Now, do I have a problem with the way we are trained (or forced) to eat in the US? Yes! I ate cheetos and a fruit roll up every day in junior high–simply because I could! McDonlads is cheaper than the farmers market. Things need to change.

BUT, fat shaming is never the answer. Honestly, a discussion of class must be included. Food stamps limit choices. WIC is based on 1970’s data. Organic food is expensive and spoils quickly. CSA’s are costly and you have to have the time and flexibility to pick up your purchases. Healthy, fresh, local food is a privilege.

So, that’s the rant. Instead of fat shaming, let’s focus on healthy eating habits and making it affordable and accessible. My thoughts aren’t that unique, and people are doing some great work in this direction. But I guess that doesn’t sell as well as the Biggest Loser.

Happens so quickly…

Last night I got my first email from the coordinator of my pick-up location in Alexandria, VA. It was a reminder of the normal reasons people join CSAs: To eat local and support local farms.

I totally agree with these principles of sustainability, even if  a more selfish reason initially prompted me to join the CSA. I’m happy to be supporting local farms and think it is crucial to how Americans consume food over the long haul.  Like a lot of modern folks, I  feel largely disconnected from the source of the food I eat.  The idea of eating foods at the time they were meant to be consumed is very exciting.

The tone of the email conveyed the commitment to these goals. It is clearly a tight knit community. The pick up is at someone’s house, off their porch. They recycle all the packaging and bags.  The self-service porch wasn’t what I expected for the pick up, but I’m not sure what I pictured. Maybe a farmer in overalls handing me a basket of produce while chewing on a strand of wheat? He might even had said something like, ‘here’s your veggies, little lady.’

My mini-share bags are blue, which is my favorite color, so I won’t have any trouble remembering. I also get a newsletter and an email of what will be in the bag. I was also warned that my lettuce will wilt in the heat, so I better get my butt down there and pick it up early!

Save me, I’m wilting!

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I'm skeptical of vegetables and joined a CSA to see if I can make friends with them. This blog exists so that I can hold myself accountable to eating what I paid for and document what I can do with lots of local produce!

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