LocalHarvest Newsletter, February 20, 2008

If you're like us, every time the Farm Bill is mentioned, an uncontrollable urge to drift away from the conversation overtakes you. You start wondering what's for supper, or whether the car needs an oil change. You'd just as soon leave the whole complex affair to the people who are paid to make sure it all works out.

Us too.


It turns out that the Farm Bill is the funding vehicle for the Community Food Projects program, the country's major source of funding for community food security projects. And funding for the CFP is in danger of being axed from the final version of this year's farm bill. Though we rarely ask readers to get involved in specific political scuffles, we are devoting this issue of our newsletter to convincing you to do one thing: make three short but important phone calls. Read our article on the CFP and you'll see why this is a program well worth saving.

If you need a minute and a little boost of energy before you make those calls, grab an orange and read our nutrition and recipe columns. You’ll see below just how far beyond vitamin C those beauties go!

As always, thanks for your interest in LocalHarvest.org and your support of family farmers. See you next month, and until then, take good care and eat well!

The CFP: Supporting Elegant Resolutions to Complex Problems

In eastern Tennessee, farmers are moving out of tobacco production and into fruits and vegetables. Thanks to the Jubillee Project's Clinch Powell Community Kitchen, they are able to extend their profitability by turning some of the produce into preserves, sauces, pickles and relishes. In New York, hundreds of teenaged girls are helping to run "Juice Joints" through Lower East Side Girls Club, and are learning about local food, good nutrition, and business skills. On the Tohono O'odham reservation in Arizona, tribal members are growing and eating traditional foods again, and watching their diabetes rate fall. (Read on...)

From the LocalHarvest Store:

With cold season dragging on, and the cleansing season of spring coming soon, it is a great time to stock up on some herbal medicines to support your physical health. We work with several well-versed herbalists, whose products are among our most popular.

Speaking of health, few decisions affect it as much as your food choices. How about trying a CSA this year, and giving your body plenty of fresh, tasty vegetables?

The Spring holidays of Easter and Passover will soon be here. LocalHarvest farmers have raised beautiful meats, perfect for your holiday table. Order yours now!

Video: Potato Leek Soup

Winter still socked in in your part of the country? Try some of Chef Keith Snow’s Potato Leek Soup, and warm yourself tonight! (Watch the Video...)

Nancy's Nutrition Corner: "Ordinary" Oranges

More than just an excellent source of vitamin C, recent research has revealed the health benefits of oranges are actually due to a myriad of phytochemical compounds. An orange has over 170 different nutrients, many of which have been shown to have antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-inflammatory effects. The phytochemicals most currently in the spotlight include citrus flavanones, polyphenols, and limonoids. (Read on...)

Recipe Corner: Oranges - By Lorna Sass

Lately I've been enjoying a love affair with orange zest – in the kitchen, that is.

I recently added a bit to my chocolate chip cookie dough to give the cookies a fruity perfume. I scraped some into a stew of chicken with prunes and olives to bring up the flavors. And I stirred a heaping teaspoon into a yogurt-muesli breakfast to bring vitality to an otherwise sleepy concoction.
(Recipes and More...)

As always, thanks for your interest in and support of LocalHarvest.org! See you next month, and until then, take good care and eat well!