Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What's in store for us today?

From the Farmer's Market at the office, I got some fresh strawberries, tomatoes, snow peas that looks much better than the flabby stuff at the grocery stores, red and green leaf lettuce, zucchini and yellow squash, cilantro - Starla's mom's favorite herb, and asparagus, which unfortunately, I will not be sharing with Starla.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


This made us laugh out loud.

In a recent NPR story about China, reporter Louisa Lim interviewed a young Chinese author, Guo Jingming, stating that "in person, Guo is a 5-foot-1 androgynous sprite." Ha! (This is what she says in the audio report. The written script differs slightly in wording.)

If you watch Chinese television, especially the reality competition shows akin to American Idol, you'll see that Guo is representative of most young Chinese pop stars.

A farmer's market right in your cubicle

All right, not actually in my cubicle, but pretty close.

Starting this week, my company is bringing a local farm, Rainbow Farms of Madison, Ohio, on site during lunch hours, offering their fresh produce of the season to employees.

Rainbow Farms had set up a tent and tables right outside our building on the grass. And today, the weather was sunny and just beautiful - a perfect day to enjoy fresh produce. The only problem with this was that everyone going to the produce stand had to be careful not to step on the goose droppings all over the grass and walkways. I was careful and came back unblemished.

I went down during my lunch hour and picked up some kohlrabi, zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, and fresh strawberries. Prices are comparable to other farmer's markets. I was then able to call Starla to tell her what I bought so she wouldn't need to get these items when she goes grocery shopping later.

The farmer's market will be on site every week through fall, so now I have my lunch hour planned until then as well. Between this and the veges that I'm growing at home (at least those that will bear fruit), we'll be eating very well this year. Speaking of which, I'll post some photos of my garden at a later time.