ODDS & ENDS


Bike trailer

We are inspired by folks we know who use bikes as their only form of transportation. So, continuing towards our goal to lessen the use of our biodiesel car, which we use on average of 3 days a week (less than 4,000 miles a year), we decided to get atrailer for our bike(s).

One of the reason we use our car (besides having to deliver all the produce and edible flower orders which takes a lot of coolers) is to transport people and goods (bulk co-op order, plywood, hay bales, etc.); however, with this nifty contraption we’ll be able to take the goats walking (by strapping the dog carrier on back) and pick up our bulk food staples (well, that is if it doesn’t exceed 100 lbs).   Side note: the famousSoup Peddler (pdf file) has supposedly used this trailer to make his soup rounds.


Lunch

Summer meals are the ultimate best on a city “farm” like ours. Yesterday, we enjoyed sliced homemade sprout bread slathered in mashed Mexicola avocados, topped with sliced, juicy heirloom tomatoes (variety: Zapotec) and goat cheese (not our goat’s cheese… not yet!).

Thanks to a kind, long time reader, who passed on this tasty fig recipe … who she wrote “because I love you guys, and you have a lot offigs.” Well, Lucy, we love you too (and that includes all you fellow travelers out there!) and the recipe. In fact, we made it for lunch today. Thanks for sharing. Here’s the recipe:

Gorgonzola Fig Crostini

Toast thinly sliced bread on one side, then spread the other with a mixture of 2oz of gorgonzola cheese mixed with about 2 tbsp of butter, then top with thinly sliced ripe figs and broil until the cheese is melted and bubbly.


BOOKMARKS

There’s No Plate Like Home { via City Paper}

Our writer vows to only eat food produced within a 100-mile radius. Which is great, unless you love coffee.
The ecologically and socially responsible concept has already caught on and it’s growing faster than a patch of purslane. In Powell River, a peninsula town in British Columbia, 250 people have signed up to follow a 50-mile diet for five weeks. “Others have written in to say they have 100-mile lunches or dinner parties,” Smith says. In the States, chapters of “locavores” have sprung up all across the country. Other groups have set up their own Eat Local challenges. In this area, a group blog called PhillyFoodShed serves as a starting point for exploring local resources.
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Billions face water shortages, crisis looms -agency { via Reuters}

A third of the world is facing water shortages because of poor management of water resources and soaring water usage, driven mainly by agriculture, the International Water Management Institute said on Wednesday.
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Engineered grass found growing in wild { via Yahoo News}

Grass that was genetically engineered for golf courses is growing in the wild, posing one of the first threats of agricultural biotechnology escaping from the farm in the United States, a new study says.
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Comments(4)

  1. claire says:

    I discussed bike trailers with the man at the local bike shop and he said he’d sold three this year. two to the same person because he loaded the first one up too much and collapsed it. I think I’d like one.

  2. littlejennywren says:

    I hope our fig tree has its first crop this year so I can try out the recipe. It sounds yummy, a wonderful autumn treat.

  3. Amy says:

    Just wanted to let you know I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now and find it *so* inspiring. We’re renting right now but may have our own house and yard back soon. My husband and I are dreaming of compost, rainwater collection, growing our own veggies…..

    I’ve seen that you make your own soap etc. but I was wondering what you wash your hair with? My family suffers from asthma/eczema/allergies so I’ve been researching and replacing our cleaners/detergents/hygiene products with natural alternatives.

  4. Anais says:

    Hi Amy, thanks for dropping us a line. It’s always a pleasure to hear from our readers. We are certainly blessed that we are able to share our journey with fellow travelers like yourself.

    RE: your question about soap. We wash our hair with either Avalon Organics, Burt’s Bees or Aubrey Organics shampoo’s. Also Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap works well. We like these brands because they contain NO sodium lauryl sulfates.

    I haven’t yet made my own shampoo just yet. One day 😉

    For eczema have you tried apple cider vinegar? If not I would recommend you rinsing body and hair with a mixture of apple cider and water – the cider has a balancing effect on the skin. Hope this helps. If you have any more questions let me know because our family too has had its fair share of skin problems.
    ~ Anais ~