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    Guess who’s back?

    You can’t beat a good break. Unless we’re talking about legs or arms, that is. But frankly you can have too much of a good thing, and so seven or so months after the end of the 2013 season, the Bay Ridge CSA is quite literally – and not to put too fine a point on it – BACK. So, for all of those who have missed your late Friday night email about vegetables and vague inanity, it’s time to rejoice. For the rest of you, it’s time to remind yourself where the ‘report spam’ button is located on your email system. For all those newcomers to this esteemed community…

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    Getting ready for the year ahead

    Ah, it’s that time of year again. No, not the slightly embarrassing one in the doctor’s office that neither he nor I look forward to. No, it’s the Bay Ridge CSA – and we’re back for 2014! Yes, the new season is almost upon us. The garlic scapes are readying themselves, and David at our pick-up location is already working on his top-drawer vegetable chat for the year ahead. Of course, before we can get going, we have to have our orientation meeting for new and existing members. ALL MEMBERS (new & returning) who have signed up, are invited – and highly encouraged – to attend the meeting. This is…

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    The end of the road

    So like all good things, the Bay Ridge CSA 2013 season has come to a close. In the immortal words of Boyz II Men, we’ve come to the End of the Road. It’s actually a little known fact that Babyface and LA Reid wrote ‘End of the Road’ to speak of the pain that comes when CSA seasons finish after six months of joyously fresh vegetables. In fact, I even managed to purloin a copy of the original lyrics, just to prove it: “Although we’ve come to the End Of The Road Still I can’t let yam go It’s unnatural, kale belongs to me, beets belong to you.” For some…

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    The great egg crisis of 2013

    As all immigrants to this city know, there are only approximately four weeks in every year when New York is actually habitable – two weeks in the spring, and two weeks in the fall. That’s four whole weeks out of 52 when the temperature of the city is at a level where it’s just comfortable, rather than nose hair freezingly cold or skin meltingly hot. It’s a little known fact that in January 1933, July 1965, August 1981 and March 2006, aliens visited New York City with a view to staging a hostile takeover. They left ten minutes later declaring that the city was incapable of sustaining life. Fortunately for…

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    All good things come to an end

    All good things have to come to an end, it would seem. My thirties end in less than ten days, picking a random example. John Boehner’s credibility finally disappeared into thin air this week. And after just four more deliveries, the Bay Ridge CSA 2013 season will come to an end. It seems like only yesterday that I was blithering on about the number of garlic scapes we were going to be getting, and yet here we are talking about squashes. Time flies when you’re almost 40, apparently. Anyway, there’s still time for you to send me recipes to share with fellow members. I sit here day after day waiting…

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    Who needs fingers?

    You know the best thing about being part of a CSA? It’s that feeling every week when you turn up and walk away with a stack of free vegetables and fruit – who doesn’t love getting all that fantastic produce without having to pay a single dime? I’m still amazed that we all get to participate in this amazing totally free service. We’re just so incredibly fortun…wait, that’s the door…hold on, back in a second… Ah. That was the big bosses at the Bay Ridge CSA. All of them. At my door. I’ve never been more terrified in my life. How I’m going to type with only three fingers is…

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    Inside The Blogger’s Studio

    In a break from this week’s scheduled communication, we’re going live to James Lipton at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University’s New York City campus, for a very special insight into a Bay Ridge legend. Without further ado, it’s over to James… LIPTON: “As we approach Inside The Blogger’s Studio’s twentieth birthday, tonight’s guest holds the remarkable distinction of being the only person in Bay Ridge who has to sit at home writing blogs on a Friday night. He began his career writing about eggplants back in 1987, and was recently recognized by the Tomato Alliance as Most Fundamentally Average Blogger of the Year. He has…

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    The power of suggestion

    There’s nothing like the power of suggestion, is there? I’m particularly sensitive to it myself. As a ten year old, my mother persuaded me that the best way to take a powdered cold remedy (meant to be dissolved in water) was to put it directly on my tongue. To be fair, that’s probably more of an indication that I’m an idiot, but the power of suggestion remains strong with me. Indeed sometimes, just the thought that I really mustn’t do something is enough to ensure that it will undoubtedly happen. So it’s with some trepidation that I let you know that BR at Hearty Roots has let us know this…

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    Admin admin admin

    Ah, admin. It’s the organizational equivalent of having your wisdom teeth pulled out – nobody wants to do it, even though your life is marginally easier once you have. And some people seem to get away with never doing it at all. Or is it like being a Mets fan – it takes up a huge amount of your time, but you never seem to get any benefit from it? Actually, maybe it’s like eating beets – everybody says it’s good for you, but secretly you’d rather eat a twenty year collection of toenail clippings? Whatever the case, sometimes admin just can’t be avoided. The big bosses at the Bay…

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    Oh-regg-ann-o and stuff

    Did I ever mention that I’m British? OK, only every other week? Count yourself lucky that it’s only that often, good vegetable-eating people of Bay Ridge. Actually, to be fair, I’m an American now as well. Hey, I even managed to vote in the primary election this week. I say that I voted…to be honest, I pulled a few levers, turned a crank, grabbed a Phillips head screwdriver, deployed a monkey wrench, and hoped for the best. They say it was voting, but it seemed more like a Plumbing 101 course, if you ask me. Anyway, being from the old country, I tend to use English – how can I…