opening day – tis the season!
“if you never tasted a bad apple, you would not appreciate a good apple.
you have to experience life to understand life.”
image credit: mlive
Hunger Stone :
Recent droughts in Europe once again made visible the “Hunger Stones” in some Czech and German rivers.
These stones were used to mark desperately low river levels that would forecast famines.
This one, in the Elbe river, is from 1616 and says: “If you see me, cry.”
“when the well is dry, we will know the worth of water.”
credits: history review
white lotus farms, ann arbor, mi
it’s national farmer’s market week – shop from your local farms
Dubbed “the farmers’ market effect” by the New York Times, a recent study shows that vouchers that permit low-income women to shop at a local farmers’ market increase fruit and vegetable consumption in their families. “It’s not clear why mothers visiting a farmers’ market wound up buying more vegetables than grocery store shoppers, but some women told the researchers that the produce sold at markets seemed to be fresher and of higher quality than supermarket offerings. Many shoppers also said they enjoyed the pleasant community experience and the chance to interact directly with growers.”
“raw ingredients trump recipes every time;
farmers and ranchers who coax the best from the earth
can make any of us appear to be a great cook.”
-judy rodgers, the zuni cafe cookbook
October 12 is Old Farmers Day,
a day devoted to old farmers and their farming techniques.
how will you celebrate?
“let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth
is the most important labor of man.
when tillage begins, other arts will follow.
the farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.”