The Daily EO: April 2nd, 2013

I found out about Harvest Community Food’s curated CSA program.  You can’t beat it – it is curated, meaning that they gather the best available treats of the week from various suppliers and put together a bag of groceries.  Also, you can sign up for 1 or for the season.  I tell you – there is something about the mystery and excitement of a CSA box/bag that I love.  What am I going to get?  How am I going to cook it?  Will it be terrible?

I am also excited because the last CSA I was in involved in was in Huntsville  – where snow is still on the ground – so I am exciting different offerings and different tastes from our different climates.

This week I got honey, 1/2 dozen eggs, sunflower sprouts, watercress, chard, kale, potatoes, stinging nettles (!!), and beets.  Super Excited about the honey because it is so good (yum, blueberry) and local which should help Emile deal with his seasonal allergies.

April 2nd, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  What does one do with stinging nettles?


The Daily EO: August 8th, 2012

After a long drought – being on the road – I finally got a new CSA share this week.  Every Sunday we get an e-mail letting us know this week’s share and I was standing on the West Coast having a great time yet also jealous that I wasn’t home to enjoy the bounty.

  • sweet corn
  • baby New Potatoes
  • yellow tomatoes
  • baby beets with tops
  • baby carrots
  • green onions
  • purple beans
  • zucchinis

In the evening we were invited to a friend’s house who also got the same CSA and we ate barbeque grilled pizza with yellow tomatoes, japanese eggplant with purple beans, butter chicken, basmasti rice and corn on the cob.  Muskoka corn!  I didn’t even know it existed.

I’d also like to say out loud something that I’ve know for a while.  The bags of “baby carrots” you buy in the grocery store, are not truly sweet yummy baby carrots (GASP!)  They are large carrots chopped into pieces and then “sanded” to peel and the round the edges.  I buy them yes, but I just wanted the world to know that I know.  I’m watching you.

August 8th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Impromptu dinner gathering using our CSA basket!


The Daily EO: July 3rd, 2012

I wear contact lenses.  I’ve corrected my vision since Grade 2.  The first time I wore my glasses, it was for the Christmas pageant at school.  My classmate Caroline – yes, I remember her name – said to me “Angels don’t wear glasses” and that line has lived in infamy in my life since then.  I was originally diagnosed as near-sighted with an astigmatism, the latter I seemed to have grown out of as no optometrist has noted it subsequently.  I wore glasses from that fateful Christmas pageant until I was about 25.  Playing softball is difficult if your depth perception is off.  So, you either miss the ball every time, or you correct your vision and deal with the sweaty lenses.

By that point, contact lenses were moving into the daily types and so much more comfortable and affordable.   I figured I would correct my vision AND avoid the inconvenience of glasses.

I have two strong memories of vision:  when I first got my glasses, your brain needs time to adapt the new distorted images and although you can see properly for the first time, my brain had spent almost 8 years adapting the images for me.  So when I first got my glasses, I could see the TV better, but I my brain also interpreted my height as being significantly higher than I was actually tall.  That was pretty disconcerting for a kid.  I remember running across the street from my house, looking down and wondering how I got so high up from the road.

The second was when I was 25.  For those of you who do not need corrective lenses, you will not be able to relate.  When you cannot see properly without glasses, it’s something of an anchor.  You have these things on that dint the side of your head, leave red marks on your nose, and that get so filthy you wonder how you could see through them.   And after spending about 1/2 hour trying to jam lenses into my eyeballs that my reflexes just weren’t having, the first drive home without the glasses anchor was miraculous.  I could see, I couldn’t feel the lenses, it was like normal people.  It was amazing.

Now that I am old, my eye doctor has informed my that my vision is changing yet again.  And that would explain why I cannot see to pluck my eyebrows with my lenses in.  In fact, I have to be correctionless to be able to see about 50% of the hairs.  So, every two weeks when I remove my lenses for a 12 hour rest, I also pluck my eyebrows.

July 3rd, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  If you cannot see to pluck, you cannot see you need to pluck.  When life taketh, it giveth.


This week’s CSA half share:

  • Baby New Potatoes
  • bunch of tat tsoi
  • bunch arugula
  • a bag of lettuce mix
  • small heads of bok/ joi choi
  • snap peas
  • green peas


The Daily EO: June 20th, 2012

I’ve been crazy excited about my first CSA basket.  I don’t really know why.  Last night I was cutting the strawberries for an arugula salad and I found myself chanting to myself “I’m saving the world”.  Now buying a CSA share from a local farm is probably not saving the world, but it feels like it.  It makes me feel good.  It makes me feel like I am supporting the little guy.  I’m a good person everyone!  A GOOD PERSON!  (please tell your friends and neighbours)

Our First Box (we have a half-share):
– 4 liter heaped basket of strawberries
– a head of bok choi
– bunches of  arugula
– a bag of lettuce mix

Is there anything better than ripe Strawberries fresh from the farm?  They just melt in your mouth and provide so much flavour and kick off summer.

June 20th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Proving my worthiness with reddened lips and fingers.

The Daily EO: May 19th, 2012

This is my 100th post – I can’t believe it!

What has happened to the farmer’s markets in Muskoka?  Farmer’s Market.  This implies that either a farmer owns the market, or it is a market for farmers’ items.  And a market that one would go to get items that FARMERS sell.  I made the mistake of getting caught up in the romance of a farmer’s market again this year and attended Bracebridge’s Farmer’s Market this long weekend.

Do I want gluten-free baked goods (3 booths!)?  How about buckwheat heating pads?  Or perhaps to have my face painted?  No.  What about wooden crafts?  Aprons and other items made with colourful fabrics?  No, No, NO!  I was Ontario Fresh Asparagus.  I want organic spinach.  I wanted rhubarb!  (well, no, I didn’t, but I wanted to see it being sold).  And maybe even some early cherries or strawberries?  Okay – I’ll buy a pie or cookies from a farmer, but please people!  This is not a craft show.  It is a FARMER’S market.  Things that grow – or things that eat things that grow.  Please leave your “I’ve-already-seen-it-1000-times” stuff at home.  Or haul it to the craft shows.  Or rename this Farmer’s Market to Craft Market.

There were two vendors selling vegetables at the farmers market (out of 30+ booths).  One was a real farm that was selling seedlings and rhubarb.  Good work, guys!  I can’t garden (really – I can’t – I kill plants with my aura) and I don’t like rhubarb much.  No matter, I was proud to see this local farm selling obviously farm grown items.  The other is an outfit that has duped tourists for years.  What was the first hint today?  It was the 15″ long celery for sale.  Celery is available in Ontario in July and home-grown celery does not look like what you buy in the grocery store.  It is May!  Ontario Farm grown celery is normally shorter and with more leafy greens than the standard from the supermarket.  Anderson Produce – you know I’m talking to you!  Please stop selling vegetables at the farmer’s market – at premium prices I must add – that you know and I know you purchased from the food terminal in Toronto.  Yes, the tourists from Toronto don’t know any better, but the locals know your game.

There were a couple of places selling meat and fish.  I wasn’t particularly looking for either, but glad to see a couple of places selling such items.  One was trout from Milford Bay.  Considering my aversion to anything fishy, I didn’t even linger, but good and local!

The smart farmers have given up these wastes of time markets and instead started selling CSA shares.  That’s when you purchase a part of the farm’s bounty at the beginning of the season and you share in what is produced.  I’d suggest you’d better get a share because the farmer’s markets doesn’t seem much of source of any local food!

May 19th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Beginning of this season’s boycott of the Muskoka farmer’s markets.  Thank goodness I have another source for farm fresh asparagus – even if I have to import it from Tilsonberg!

Maintenance May Day 19:
Found away to discuss our future options with Emile in way that we could both hear each other. (career, connection, soul)