Archive for May, 2010

Fiddlestix to fiddleheads

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

My mom had some funny generalizations about grocery shopping.  Here are a few of them for your entertainment:

  • If it’s in a box it’s full of preservatives.
  • If it’s in the cereal aisle & on the shelf at a child’s eye level it has too much sugar.
  • If it’s white it’s not good for you.
  • If it’s in the check out aisle the kids can’t have it.

Of course, she’s the same woman who served us fiddleheads (Facebook readers, please click like or add a comment if you know what a fiddlehead is!).

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Pure Michigan

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Winter, water, wonderland – don’t you love Michigan?  For all our challenges we live in an amazing state. 

 Paul Schissler, a local Rotarian, invited me to hear Jennifer Granholm speak on Wednesday & I was delighted to attend.  I’m pretty sure you have to love a state to take on the exhausting work of being a governor. 

 She talked about the ways we’re moving Michigan forward, primarily from a business point of view.  She touched on things that won’t surprise you; green industry, tourism, advanced manufacturing, educating our citizens and restructuring our tax system.  She did not mention the health of our citizens or any statewide efforts to reduce the cost of living in Michigan by reducing behavior-related health care costs.  Most of the costs are related to obesity and smoking. 

 What if 5 healthy towns could reduced the expense ourselves – and not to save money?  We could do it because it feels good to feel good.  Does this idea appeal to your sense of independence and self-determination?

Ba-Bop-Da-Wo-Bop, Rhubarb Pie

Friday, May 7th, 2010

It’s Farm Market time!

By now most people who spend the winter in Michigan are pretty tired of the fruits & vegetables that keep well over the winter (root veggies, bananas, frozen & canned).  Perhaps that’s why rhubarb seems such a treat in spite of it’s sour constitution. 

 Set aside those shriveling apples.  It’s farm market time!  The fresh options might not be as great as they’ll be two months from now, but it’s impossible to resist fresh asparagus, greens, rhubarb, herbs (those intrepid, wonderful bursts of flavor that pop up so early in the season) & a few other brave food-stuffs poking up shoots as soon as they possibly can.

 Check out the following local markets.

Saturday from 8:00-noon on Park Street
Wednesday from 2:30-6:00PM on CCH’s campus

Saturday from 8:00am-1:00pm on Alpine Street
Tuesday from 4:00-7:00pm on Alpine Street

Thursday from 4:00-7:00pm on Adrian Street