Having surpassed the halfway mark of the 2011 CSA season with Growing Things Farm, the variety of colorful produce has reached its seasonal prime. While we didn’t sign up for a fruit share this year, I’m still very happy with the organic produce and especially the eggs. It was last August when the Wright County Egg Company in Galt, Iowa recalled 228 million eggs linked to salmonella poisoning incidents from California to Minnesota. In July 2010, mass produced baby spinach tainted with e-coli was recalled. The origin of my food is dirt simple to trace, especially during CSA season. Farmer Michaele, like many small-scale organic farmers, is producing food that is alive and colorful, healthy and delicious, and is also safe to eat.
CSA Share Week 11 included:
- 1 dozen eggs (made up from last week when I grabbed someone else’s bag)
- 1 bunch celery
- 3 lemon cucumbers
- 1 bunch beets with greens
- 3 tomatoes
- 1 small cauliflower crown
- 1 lb broccoli florets
- 1 lb dragon tongue beans
A Labor Day Weekend Visitor
In addition to my personal and professional focus on food, I am also a volunteer with dog rescue organizations in the Seattle area including the Seattle Purebred Doberman Rescue (part of the Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue). SPDR works cooperatively with Puget Sound area shelters, breed clubs, and individuals to place hundreds of unwanted purebred dogs each year into new homes. Each breed has their own coordinator and volunteer network. For Doberman Pinschers, the rescue dogs are placed in foster homes and in a local kennel while volunteers perform adoption outreach, screen potential adopters and conduct background checks, absorb the cost of veterinary care and rehabilitation if necessary. Animal rescue organizations all over the world work tirelessly to find homes for these most loyal and loving companions. We adopted Cassius, our German Shepherd, from the Washington German Shepherd Rescue in 2006. Since then, J and I have been dedicated to helping other best friends find each other like we did. I thank my lucky stars every day.
SPDR is looking for qualified foster homes. There are some wonderful companion dogs who, through no fault of their own, have been surrendered because of financial hardship or lack of time or interest to care for them. Fostering a dog can last a few weeks to months in order to find their perfect match.
Staying at our house over Labor Day weekend, Harley has already learned some cool new tricks (it took him ten minutes to learn how to shake hands- who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?!) Harley is a extra-large, neutered, mature doberman pinscher male (cropped and docked) with a wonderful temperament and a big heart. He is really good with other dogs (Roxy loves him), but he clearly loves people the most. Harley needs surgery to remove a growth on his side and is recovering from an eye infection, but he’s perfect in every other way. Contact me to inquire about adopting Harley and I will put serious inquires forward to the Breed Coordinator. You can also search and learn about other available dogs like Susurra, Max, Jasmine, Duff, P. Sherman, and LuLu from their Petfinder profiles. Arrange to meet the dogs in person and learn about the breed at the scheduled adoption events in September. I’l be there with Harley!
Responsible Dog Ownership Day: Peninsula Dog Fanciers is sponsoring their annual AKC RDO Day at the Fairgrounds. There will be lots of demos and activities – come see the Dobermans!
Kitsap Fairgrounds, Bremerton, WA, 10 am- 4 pm
SPDR Rescue Event: Come meet the rescue dogs, talk with volunteers and learn about the breed
All the Best Pet Store, 17875 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA (near Whole Foods Market), 12-3 pm