LocalHarvest Newsletter, March 18, 2010

Welcome back to the LocalHarvest newsletter.

As we move toward Spring, CSA sign-up season continues and so too our series of articles about community supported agriculture. This month, we focus on the human bonds that sometimes take root in a CSA. After talking with several farmers about the friendship, cooperation and community growing on their farms, we feel like the farm's most valuable "product" may be the relationships it fosters, with exceptional produce being a happy byproduct. This is a poetic viewpoint, I know, and not one that accurately describes all CSAs. Still, read about what is going on at Terra Bella Family Farm and A Place on Earth CSA, and see if you don't agree that these CSAs offer an unparalleled opportunity for people to find a piece of the "something more" that so many of us seek.

Happy Spring, and long, light days to all.
Take good care and eat well –

Erin Barnett

CSAs: Growing Community

To hear Terra Bella farm manager Joe Sunderland tell it, what's happening on their farm is the most natural thing in the world. "People are naturally drawn to want to have community," he says. "You give them the opportunity to meet on common ground and the rest is not brainwork -- it's natural."

Read more.

From the LocalHarvest Store:

If an Easter ham is part of your family's tradition, this year you might want to order one directly from a LocalHarvest farmer. We have exceptionally good hams, including nitrate and MSG free, boneless, bone-in, and hickory smoked. Order soon to get yours in time for Easter!

Read the reviews, and it's clear that the Tarocco blood oranges from Trethowan Farms have won some ardent fans. "I'm hooked!" wrote one; "Love the blood" said another. Need a little juiciness in your spring? Try some.

Food from the Farm: Think I'll Make Tomato Soup

About six weeks ago, right in the grimmest part of Minnesota winter, some new friends invited a bunch of people over for a pot luck supper they called "The First Annual Pot Local." Everyone brought local food they’d made, and the hosts created a cookbook with all the recipes. Nice idea! It was fun to see what kinds of local foods everyone was still eating three months after the end of our growing season.
(Recipes and More...)