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Week 16: Remember your Small Farmer this Labor Day

Howdy y'all and Happy Labor Day!

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I hope you are enjoying the sunshine and spending time with your loved ones. Maybe it's a sign of the times, but I couldn't help but to be a little sentimental about the meaning of Labor Day this year. To be honest, my usual routine was to eat and drink most of the day, stop myself mid-way through accidentally wishing a happy Memorial Day weekend, and (if time avails) make some tired/sarcastic comment about not being able to wear white pants for the next nine months. 

But as I've grown, and as I've become more familiar with the policies which shape our food system, I realize that this day holds some sacred meaning to me as a supporter of small farms. I think about the state of affairs for the woefully underpaid small farmer and the other individuals charged with preparing, cleaning, distributing, selling, and serving our foodstuffs. I think about what the future might hold for this specific demographic of folks, and remind myself that while the problems seem so daunting and complicated for me to take on myself,  I am not absolved from my responsibility to do something about it. 

So, in that spirit--I'd like to remind you as the final draft of the Farm Bill is being negotiated in committee-- that you can get involved in creating a more sustainable and equitable system for our small farms. Contact your representatives and make sure to tell them about how much you appreciate programs that help young farmers like Dustin. Measures like fully funding conservation programs, making beginning farmer programs permanent, and help with local food and food access are steps which which our friends at the Indiana Chapter of the Young Farmer Coalition have recommended. Here's where you can learn more and get access to resources from our local small farming champions. 

What is in the CSA this week?

  • Bell Peppers
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Honeynut Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Red Onions
  • Pea Shoots
  • Pears 
  • Radishes
  • Okra

As a reminder your share is going to be a bit on the big side this week. 

What recipes am I making this week?

  1. Roasted Red Peppers
  2. Pickled Pears
  3. Roasted Okra
  4. Roasted HoneyNut Squash Ravioli with Sage, Hazelnut, and Browned Butter Sauce

 

Next week forecast: garlic, pears, radishes, kale, okra, pea shoots, bell peppers, poblano peppers, russet potatoes and green onions.