I've always been interested in Minnesota history in large part because this state has been not only my home my whole life, but also the home of my parents, grandparents, and, on my dad's side of the family, ancestors back to the Minnesota Territory and before. My dad's family is Meti or of French-Native American descent more well known in Canada than the US - my relative Cuthbert Grant organized the Meti to fight the British in 1840's and Antoine Gingras helped keep St. Paul our capitol while serving in the territorial legislature.
I like to think our current local foods movement fits into this progressive history. Really members and farmers are part of a cooperative venture through a CSA. Some things you may not see behind he scenes, however, are fellow growers cooperating to build new farmers markets, food hubs, and networks or organizing through organizations like Land Stewardship Project or Sustainable Farming Association for the betterment of growers and eaters alike.
So, on this Labor Day, appreciating the struggles of those farmers who came before me, I'll consider how I can better cooperate with my peers to help get them a fair shake and their work respected. I hope you'd do the same.
In the Box:
- All Blue Potato: treat as you would any potato...they are best baked or boiled.
- Edamame: The soybean plants loose in the box. I know, why am I throwing in whole soybean plants? You eat the pods, not the leaves. Take off all the pods, boil in saltwater for a few minutes and eat with some beer - you're good. Visual instructions here.
- A Couple Yellow Onions
- Some San Marzano Roma Tomatoes: Don't worry if there are some black spots on them...these are only skin deep and gone with a little peeling. Great for saucing.
- Some Celebrity Slicing Tomatoes
- Red and Yellow Pepper
- Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper: Typically these don't have too much heat, but not this year.
- Contender Green Beans: Hey, back to standard green beans after wondering through the desert of yellow, Roma, and Purple beans.
- Mixed Cherry Tomatoes