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Curried Beef Short Ribs

Note: I found this was more realistically four servings.

Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors.

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 teaspoons canola oil
2 pounds ...continue reading

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Act Locally

I just wrote out my check to reserve a half-share in a CSA. I can hardly wait until summer to pick up my delicious organic veggies.

What is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?

"Community members sign up and purchase their shares, either in a lump sum before the seeds are sown in early spring, or in several installments through-out the growing season. Production expenses are thereby guaranteed and the farmer or grower starts receiving income as soon as work begins.

In return for their investment, CSA members receive a bag of fresh, locally-grown, typically organic produce once a week from late spring through early fall, and occasionally throughout the winter in northern climates and year-round in milder zones. Members prefer a wide variety of vegetables and herbs, which encourages integrated cropping and companion planting. These practices help reduce risk factors and give multiple benefits to the soil. Crops are planted in succession in order to provide a continuous weekly supply of mixed vegetables. As crops rotate throughout the season, weekly shares vary by size and types of produce, reflecting local growing seasons and conditions."

-CSA keep food dollars in the local community and contribute to the development and maintenance of regional food systems.
- With a "guaranteed market" for their produce, farmers can invest their time in doing the best job they can producing food rather than marketing their products.
- CSA support the biodiversity of a given farm and the diversity of agriculture.
- CSA create a sense of social responsibility and stewardship of local land.
- CSA put "the farmers face on food" and increase understanding of how, where, and by whom our food is grown.

-http://www.umassvegetable.org

Sounds good right? Now's the time to reserve your shares.
How do I find one near me?

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