Farm Fresh and Local Produce 9/5/2009

When I was going through my drafts to see what I have and have not posted yet, I came across this market report from 2009 that has never been shared. I’ve got to tell you, looking at this makes me homesick for August/September when we can get the best of what summer has to offer (tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, eggplant) AND the best of fall as well (apples, winter squash, potatoes and other root veggies). Am I the only one who is counting down the days to spring in the same way that a baseball fan counts down the days to the first day of spring training?


Onions from Elizabeth Telling Farms

Winter Squash


Various Peppers

Sticky Buns from OK Mercantile

Fruit Basket from Gillogly Orchards

What are you looking most forward to? Events, or seasons, or produce, or whatever, all replies welcomed.  Next up, the market reports from 2011…


Albany Times Union (Albany, NY) September 14, 2003 Byline: CAROLYN HAX Washington Post Writers Group DEAR CAROLYN: I have a group of about 12 close girlfriends from college. At the end of our senior year, one of those girls, “Heather,” became engaged. Heather wasn’t my closest friend, but we were certainly considered in the same “group.” I am extremely offended that I was not included. If I were in Heather’s shoes, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I would invite her. Am I overreacting?

— Offended DEAR O: No, not unless your engagement party, shower, bachelorette, rehearsal dinner, wedding and brunch invitations got lost in the mail. If I were in your spot, I’d be really, really hurt.

But there’s getting validation and there’s getting over it, and don’t be so tempted by the former that you keep putting off the latter.

It won’t help, but look at it this way. You have 11 friends who will miss you and one who’ll be glad you stayed home. That not only makes for pretty good likability stats, but also is probably how it would be if you were invited but weren’t able to go — right?

Because, setting aside that you would have offered Heather a courtesy invitation, you and she aren’t close, and I’m sure there’s mutual indifference for some of the others, too. Few of us ever go 12 for 12 when it comes to impressing people, and your sense/illusion/delusion of being liked by all 12 wasn’t bound to outlast your 20s. (Ask any over-30 member of a school-era “group.”) You just had the veil ripped off in one swipe, whereas most watch it slowly wear thin.

DEAR CAROLYN: I lost touch with my best friend a year ago — she and I had a falling out when I revealed to her that I had feelings for her. She was in a really bad place in her life and, unbeknownst to her, so was I, though my feelings for her were true.

We’ve always been victims to bad timing; she liked me a few years back, when I was in a relationship. Right now we live in different cities, but I don’t see my future without her. I tried to get in contact with her right after our argument but she told me she would call me back and never did.

I can’t get her off my mind. Should I just forget about it and hope she comes back to me? I don’t know what else I can do … without looking like a chump.

— Missing Her DEAR MISS: If you want to look like a chump, then let fear of looking like a chump keep you from getting in touch. I mean really. Is saving face more important to you than saving a meaningful friendship?

Say, “No.” Good.

Now call her. If Chumpty Dumpty has a great fall, so what? At least you’ll have shown her that you had guts enough to try. And you have enough feelings for her. CAROLYN: My roommate brings over his on-again, off-again girlfriend just about every night, and I can’t stand her. I just want to scream, I’m so sick of seeing her there. I’ve tried talking to my roommate about it, and he seems to be of the opinion that he pays rent to have the freedom to do as he chooses. But I’m going out of my mind. Is there something I can do? see here essing wedding invitations

— L.R. DEAR L.R.: Move. (Just in case the mind-loss is advanced.) He freaked out! He felt that my not telling him sooner was an indication that I might be hiding other information about myself. Am I supposed to say, “Hi. My name is Jane, I’m a divorcee, I love margaritas and long walks on the beach”? Or, is it OK for me to feel things out before deciding whether it’s going somewhere and needs to be disclosed? — In Need of Divorcee Etiquette DEAR DIVORCEE: Nice to meet you. I’m “In Need of a Forehead Slap.” It’s a divorce, not an ill-gotten virus. You had a husband, and now you don’t, and even though few little girls wish upon a star that they might grow up to become ex-wives, it’s been a while since people used a stage whisper to say the D-word.

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