Thursday, March 24, 2011

Books, Strawberries and Goat Cheese

Even when I'm trying to read something different, to take a break from my constant consumption of all things food and drink, it seems to find me anyway. Take this book, for example:

Joyce Maynard's The Good Daughters was given to me by my mother this past Christmas. I don't usually read a lot of fiction, maybe because I devoured it in university, maybe because I've always been drawn to non-fiction. Either way, recently I cracked open this literary gift and started reading. First of all, there is a picture of a girl holding a basket of strawberries on the front cover. You would think this would tip me off. Instead, I thought, "it's just a picture, this book has nothing to do with food".

I was wrong. Yes, the book is about life, love, relationships, family, hopes, dreams and nightmares; but it is also about food. Glorious food. Strawberries and goat cheese (among other references) to be exact.

I won't steal Joyce Maynard's thunder and reveal any more, but I do recommend you pick up this book. Perhaps more suited to females, in its essence it is a well-crafted story full of emotion and life lessons. Food ties our stories together, whether it's a main character or a background element. Joyce Maynard seems to weave it through her story with ease.

Thank you, Mom.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Save-A-Seed Update!

Image by: Jackson Nash

Hello everyone, and Happy Saturday! It is a beautiful, sunny day here in Ottawa, and I'm beginning to see more and more of my patio each day as the snow is melting away. Can't wait to grow some things on that patio!

Speaking of growing things, I thought I'd give you a little update on my Save-A-Seed Project here at After the Harvest. The first of many charitable projects I hope to establish through this blog, the Save-A-Seed Project will help save an entire seed species through the work of the good people at Kew Gardens.

Thanks to those of you who showed generosity towards the cause on my birthday, my total so far is now $75!! Still a long way to $3000, but well on its way!

Please consider helping me with this cause -- think of it as my "run for the cure", only this time, the cure is saving the world's seeds!

Many thanks and a happy weekend to you all!


Monday, March 14, 2011

Community Supported Agriculture!

The good folks at Dawghaus Studios cooked up this neat video on Community Supported Agriculture (or CSA as you might know it). Local farmers are featured, as well as Ms. Locavore herself, Sarah Elton.

CSA: Community Supported Agriculture in the National Capital Region from Dawghaus Studios on Vimeo.

Interestingly enough, I'm still thinking about whether or not to sign up for a CSA; since I'm only a one person household and I'm within spitting distance of the Parkdale Market, I'm just not sure it's for me at this time. That's not to say that I don't fully support local farmers and wish them all well as they sell their shares! For those of you who also haven't yet decided, perhaps this video will help sway your decision! Sign up soon, CSA shares tend to go fast!

Looking forward to summer,