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Michigan Spring: Rhubarb

One of my family's treasures is a black and white newspaper photo of my grandfather as a dapper young man in 1930s short pants picking rhubarb in his dad's rhubarb hothouse near Detroit.  Apparently, rhubarb (aka pie plant) in America saw its greatest popularity in a heyday between WWI and WWII, during which time farmers responded to the demand by growing hothouse rhubarb near Detroit.  The idea was that after the roots had been plowed up in the fall and then allowed to freeze, they could be planted in a heated greenhouse where the plants would grow and rhubarb could be harvested (and shipped out of state and out of season) from January-April. …

Food News For Spring 2009

There are some pretty exciting things going on this spring in our little world of food. Here are a few that I know about:

If you're still looking for a CSA subscription, the Farmer's Marketer recommends you hurry to sign up for: 

Frog Holler Organic Farm CSA.  From June thru October, $450 for either "salad mix share" or "extra veggie share."  Pick up at AA Farmer's Market. Or, $400 if you pick up at the farm. 

Easter Eggs

With its tiny world inside the world, and the eventual emergence of a new life, it's easy to see why the egg is a symbolic object in so many cultures.  And why, as usual, both our religious and our secular traditions of Easter come from observances much older according to the online "free encyclopedia." 

"The pre-Christian Saxons had a spring goddess called Eostre, whose feast was held on the Vernal Equinox

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