The Farmer's Kitchen:
The Ultimate Guide to Enjoying Your CSA and Farmers' Market Foods
June 19, 2012
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store is delighted to welcome chef and entrepreneur JULIA SHANKS for a discussion of her cookbook, The Farmer's Kitchen: The Ultimate Guide to Enjoying Your CSA and Farmers' Market Foods.
The Farmer's Kitchen was prepared to help Farmers' Market customers and CSA subscribers enjoy the foods that farmers love to plant, tend, and harvest. In addition to the recipes designed especially for small-farm crops, this book contains detailed descriptions of the foods as well as storage tips.
CSA — Community Supported Agriculture — is a new agricultural model built upon the relationship between farmer and consumer. CSA farms are partially or entirely supported by members who pay in advance for weekly distributions of fresh produce. By accepting the possibility that certain crops may do poorly or even fail, members share in the inherent risks of farming. This model demonstrates a commitment to the farmer, and it allows small farms to thrive in otherwise unfavorable conditions. Given the alarming disappearance of farmland across the nation, more and more people are abandoning the supermarket and joining CSAs.
Farmers’ markets have become the new best place to find cutting edge foods. From professional chefs to home cooks to food writers, farmers’ markets are now the destination to find the most high-quality, diverse, and exciting vegetables, fruits, meats and cheeses. In contrast, supermarkets, even the high end ones, can never offer truly ripe and superbly flavorful produce. But this diversity can be confusing. This cookbook is designed to help you navigate through newly discovered foods. We want you to understand what produce is available, how to choose truly ripe vegetables and fruits, and how to best to store them. Finally, a larder of great recipes is essential to best appreciate what the farmers have grown for us. We thank all of our customers for supporting local farms. You are the people that will let progressive American farms thrive in the 21st century. You make possible our stewardship and environmental goals.
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