Alas, I have fallen victim to the scourge of so many bloggers and so need to apologize for my extended absence. I have relocated from Brooklyn, NY to Santa Cruz, CA, and have been busy settling into my new environs.
Santa Cruz is postively bursting with local food. It’s part of the Eat Local!: Cental Coast division, has a waiting list for several of the five or so local CSA’s, has an abundance of local (within 2 counties) produce in the regular supermarkets, and three awesome farmers’ markets. It’s a very hippy dippy crunchy earthy local kind of place, which is a total change from the hustle and bustle and citiness of New York. But I’m adjusting.
Santa Cruz has a crazy growing season: it’s mild mediterranean climate, and many things grow nearly year-round. Walking around town, you can easily spot figs, lemons, oranges, limes, and grapefruit hanging off trees, as well as mysterious cherry-like fruits and something that looks kind of like a pomelo. In the summer, there’s peaches and plums in super-abundance. Frankly, this place is almost begging for the kind of local fruit-harvesting program not far from the tree is pioneering.
In other news, I’ll be posting more regularly and more scheduled-ly, hopefully every Thursday. Food issues are still big, even in light of the recent economic panic/meltdown/crisis. A Minnesota farmer got a MacArthur genius grant! Exciting things are ahead, folks.