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Time to sign up for your fresh vegetables for the next growing season of 2013.

National database of CSA farmers

Local Harvest explains that “Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.”

Here are links to maps and lists that specify locations of  producers in the DC-MD-VA area.

Maryland

Montgomery County, MD

USDA resources on CSA

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This recipe for dandelion wine — not to be confused with the novel Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury — was developed from oral tradition, community cookbooks and personal experience. Wait until spring when the first dandelions gild the fields.

1 gallon dandelion flowers

1 gallon boiling water

3 lbs. sugar

3 oranges cut in small pieces

3 lemons cut in small pieces

1 oz yeast

Pick dandelion flowers early in the morning, taking care not to have  particles of the bitter stem attached. Do not use dandelion flowers from fields or lawns that have been contaminated by pesticides.

No need to wash the flowers. Pour boiling water over the flowers and let stand 3 days.  Strain and add the rest of the ingredients.  Let stand to ferment three weeks.  Strain and bottle.




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