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Walking into a concert you are full of anticipation. Filing along at a moderate clip, eager to see how good your seats are, with patient and happy people all around. Leaving, however, is another story. The concert was Carlos Santana, the venue Bethel Woods. Both very, very good. (And Steve Winwood opened the show, amazing in his own well-deserved right.) All in all a memorable 50th Birthday present. The 'funny thing' happened at midnight: a group of guys dragging a huge wooden bench down the paths towards the exit gate. It was covered with a big blue tarp. They could barely lift the bench, try as they might. There was at least a half dozen of them. I started laughing out loud, and one of the guys looked at me and said "What, you don't think we'll make it past security? It's covered up pretty well." That was it, I lost it! Was the funniest way to end a great night, amidst a shuffling crowd of complete strangers. I could not recover from the irony for most of the (three hour) ride home. One of the guys had handed me a business card for Makes the story even better.

CSA? What's that?

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As I visited with local farmers, flour millers (Wade's Mill) and vintners (Rockbridge) outside Lexington, Virginia last July, I was surprised that they did not know what a CSA was. You can read about the concept of Community Supported Agriculture here. I have been a member of a csa, The Farm at Miller's Crossing, for 10 years. My recipes are passed out to all of the shareholders, or members, during the 5 month growing season which exists here in the Hudson Valley. That is to help the members use all of the goodies in the weekly share. For example, arugula has a very long growing season, so it appears repeatedly in our harvest. After the first one or two pounds of it, some folks get tired of preparing it the same way, perhaps the only way they know. This is where I come in. I provide four or five recipes with each harvest that are closely matched to the produce in the weekly share. All year long I collect and develop recipes towards this end. I have about 25 that use arugula. Kohlrabi anyone?
I have a dozen ideas on how to get that unusual root on your dinner table. And now they are on the web, as well. Go see here.

We are planning to celebrate the great feast of Thanksgiving in Lexington this year. Yes, I am running away from home for yet another Holiday. I think that's just fine. I am bring some people, my favorite kitchen knives, local organic produce and root veggies from the Farm, and of course, a slew of recipes. That's what a CSA is.

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