Once a year Martha Stewart publishes her finest issue of Living. Before you start ridiculing me for saying that (I was lambasted some time ago when I posted about Felder Rushing because someone thought I was promoting him) go pick up a copy of this year’s gardening issue (March, 2009) and see for yourself. On Page 128 is Douglas Brenner’s article “a new hampshire haven” with photos by Eric Piasecki. I was immediately impressed and longed to be in the beautiful garden of Marney Bean, who is featured in this piece. As most of us know, gardening is a work in progress and Bean’s garden is one that has developed over a 30-year span.
My garden is nowhere near as beautiful as Bean’s, nor is it as beautiful as ones I see on most of the garden blogs I visit. I look back on the time when after we first moved here, we cleared a junkyard to put in our very first vegetable and flower garden. Had I looked further ahead back then, the garden today would probably encompass most of our 4 acre lot. Our garden is still quite a ways from being complete, and that’s okay because as I said, gardens are a work in progress, a never ending work in progress, and I doubt our garden will ever be complete (at least not in the sense of something being finished or done).
And perhaps I might say the same thing about my blog. I seem to be constantly working on it, trying to fertilize (even, heaven forbid, using chemicals), cultivate, propagate, and instigate new growth, hoping to impart a little terroir when it's all said and done. I’m looking at a possible repotting, i.e., new template, at the present time. I’m still learning, and as I go, new and old friends Dave and Jennifer have been kind enough to offer their help. Jen is a Web developer, and Dave knows more than I do about blog templates and what not. But it's goin to be a scary move. I uploaded and previewed a new three column template and was alerted to the fact that I would lose all of my widgets, including Google's AdSense (adding it was a little bit more involved than others). But Dave says "it helps to trim out the stuff you don't want anymore." I'm still workin up the courage to make the switch, so it'll not happen yet. (But it won't be long.)
I'm thinkin it was about five or six years ago when I first noticed what we're all seein taking place within our food system right now. Folks have begun to wise up about what they eat, where it comes from, and a lot of us are growing our own. Community supported agriculture seems to be pickin up speed across the nation, and that's a good thing. Here's what a local farm charges for their weekly produce baskets and a description of their program.
Basic Share: Cost $490; Weekly Pickup
Half Share: Cost $295; Semi-weekly Pickup
The Half Share gets the Basic Share amount of produce, but only every other week. The weeks that the half share subscribers come for produce are based upon starting either the first or second week of the season. The subscriber comes every other week. The first pickup is assigned by Meadow Rock Farm.
Our average season is about 21 weeks so for a full share it averages out to $23.00/week.
Payment Terms: ($50 deposit is required to reserve your membership)
1) Pay in full, cash or check, by May 1, 2009. ($10 savings discount off total)
2) Two payments, May 1st and June 1st. (No savings discount)
Leo Hickman, Guardian reporter, interviewed Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini who said, "We're all full of gastronomy, recipes etc. Turn on a TV anywhere in the world and you will see an idiot with a spoon. And every newspaper and magazine has recipes and a photo of the dish taken from above like a cadaver. It's a form of onanism and is masturbatory. We must normalise food rather than put it on a pedestal far out of reach."
And I’m hearing from pundits that the middle class is disappearing; is it any coincidence then that I feel very very transparent in the garden?