September 13, 2012
Quote of the Week:
“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”
Reflection from Norm
I heard a blurb on world news a week or two back and later read a short article in Time magazine about it. A study had recently shown that there was no significant difference in the nutritional value of organic food vs. conventional food. You have probably heard something about it yourself.
I found the information interesting but not alarming. I do know of more than a handful of people who would be licking their chops and saying, “I told you so” to such a story. The study had taken organic food from the average grocer that was grown and shipped from many miles and days away to do the comparison. It was also stated that no pesticide residue would be a benefit to the organic produce.
Many things were not stated in the news that I received, namely, the environmental benefits to sustainable farming that also affects everyone’s health: no herbicides to run off into our rivers and aquifers, no animals affected by chemicals, less soil depletion due to erosion and monoculture farming, no GMO seed with its repercussions yet to be determined etc.
It is true that food loses more of its nutritional value the longer the time between harvest and consumption. It would be best if everything could be eaten straight out of the field. Most of the produce in your box is harvested on Tuesday or Wednesday and delivered to you on Thursday. This is about as nutritious as you can get. Thank you for staying local and seasonal and for supporting our farm.
Farmer Notes on this week’s delivery:
- First of several watermelon deliveries
- Try the beans lightly coated in oil, some kosher salt, and baked until almost crispy
- Corn is quite poor – we call this new variety “Flattop Minis.” We removed many of the tops due to unfilled cobs or worm damage
- Tomatoes are moving past their prime
- Radishes are much better with the cooler temps
- Potatoes have put on some pounds in the last month
- Summer squash is making way for winter squash
- FALL HARVEST GATHERING SUNDAY OCTOBER 6TH 2-8 p.m.
- Wash all of the produce before eating