J.R. Organics CSA – Week 1 Report

Today was the first delivery from our new CSA provided by JR organics, a local San Diego County farm. JR Organics offers over 30 pickup locations in the San Diego and Los Angeles area. We opted for the San Marcos Cal State pickup. Little did we know, there is also a farmers market at this location each Wednesday where JR Organics exhibits. The great part about picking up at this location is that JR Organics allows you to swap out one or two items from your box that you don’t like – with anything else at their stand. We opted to change out the beets for more organic green peppers. Everything else in the box looked great. CSA box contents week one Our CSA box this week included Lettuce, Mizuna, Peas (edible pod), Hard Squash, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Kale, Bunching Onions, Beets, Avocados, Apples. Again, we swapped out the beets for more green peppers. Below are a couple pictures of the box contents. San Marcos Wednesday Farmer’s market In addition to JR Organics display at the market, there were also several other local farms and businesses exhibiting. We picked up several other items including homemade bread, organic homemade salsa, homemade organic hummus, cage free eggs, and some vegan Indian food. The Indian food turned out to be dinner tonight and was absolutely amazing. We had Chana Masala and Dal along with fresh-baked Naan. The farmers market turned out to be a huge bonus. Between our CSA box and the items we picked up from the other vendors, we only needed a couple items from the grocery store. Things like...

Southern Californian Community Supported Agriculture

I’ve written about Community Supported Agriculture before – When I was in Las Vegas this past fall I joined a CSA via Quail Hollow Farm. It was a really great experience and the weekly food delivery became one my favorite moments each week. The CSA exposed me to several foods I would never purchase in a grocery store. Things such as okra, Swiss chard, and radishes are just a few examples of this. The only problem with the CSA is my frequent travel schedule. The produce from the farm doesn’t stop growing just because you’re out of town. It becomes very uneconomical to miss food deliveries. Since we’re out in Southern California for the next several weeks, arguably the Mecca for fresh produce and CSA’s, I set out to find a CSA that would meet our needs. It’s unusual to find a CSA that will allow you to join for anything less than a season, which is typically 13 weeks. However, with the help of www.localharvest.org I was able to locate JR organics. Luckily for us they offer a four week CSA trial. I would have preferred a solution that would have subscribed us for our entire seven-week stay, but I will settle on the four weeks. Since I didn’t subscribe to the CSA until late Monday night I suspect my first delivery won’t be until Wednesday, January 19th. However, I might get lucky and get our first food delivery Wednesday, January 13th. JR organics lists all their past box contents on their website. Their delivery for last week, January 4th, was lettuce, arugula, peas, hard squash, bell peppers,...

Time to lose some weight

Since I graduated high school my weight has fluctuated between 150 and 175 pounds. I’ve always been very conscious of weight and the adverse health repercussions, so when my weight gets up around 170 pounds I usually do my best to get back down again. When I arrived in the Cayman Islands in the first part of 2009 I was at my highest weight ever, about 174 pounds. However, with my naturally active lifestyle in the Cayman Islands of playing tennis, swimming, snorkeling, diving, biking, and going to the gym the weight naturally started to come off. On top of this, I got into a major healthy eating kick. I read several books about nutrition and found myself trying to be almost exclusively vegan. With the combination of eating healthy and getting regular exercise I found my weight at a decade low of 150 pounds when I left the Cayman Islands in March of 2010. The bad news is that after I left the Cayman Islands I found myself getting almost zero exercise. When I got to Las Vegas I no longer belonged to a tennis club, no longer belonged to a gym, and no longer owned a boat. I also found myself “cheating” on my healthy eating ways. It’s mostly because we were eating out a lot more. It’s a side effect of catching up with so many people I hadn’t seen since 2005. We also had a lot of visitors come in and out of Vegas during the WSOP; most of whom wanted to eat out (at not so healthy places). Even though I still eat way...

Las Vegas Community Supported Agriculture

I’ve written about the CSA we joined before, but I wanted to give an update now that we are several weeks into the fall season. We joined the CSA that Quail Hollow Farm offers, a farm about 50 miles north of Las Vegas, and have been enjoying our fresh fruits and veggies each Thursday since then. In fact, I find Thursday’s to be my favorite day of the week now. It’s fun anticipating what delicious food is going to show up at our doorstep. This week we ended up with fresh spinach, radishes, squash, string beans, beets, peppers, and more. The result tonight was a wonderful plate of fresh cooked organic veggies (and some left overs from last night’s Thai run). My wife used up most of the spinach and green beans tonight and it was sooo good. It was the first time we had spinach in our basket, which has become one of my favorite foods to eat. It’s packed with lots of vitamins and minerals; definitely one of natures wonder foods. It’s easy to cook as well. Just a little bit of olive oil, garlic, and a frying pan and your good to go. It’s also great raw in salads. The main reason I’m writing about our CSA tonight is to encourage everyone to look into their local CSA. This is the time of year when CSA’s are signing up people for their winter share and it would be a perfect time to jump on www.localharvest.org and enquire about your CSA. It’s an opportunity to support your local farm while doing something good for yourself at the...

How do people eat this shit?

So, I stumbled across the video below a couple of days ago and thought I would share it with you. To set up what you are about to see, basically someone bought a McDonalds hamburger and left it out for six months. They didn’t put it in the fridge, they didn’t put it in the freezer, they just left it out on the counter. Six months later the hamburger looked exactly the same. YouTube Video – This isn’t food A McDonalds hamburger from 1996 I do my best to avoid fast food at all costs, but after seeing this I think the deal is sealed. Normally once or twice a year I’ll end up eating McDonalds just out of pure desperation. I’ll be at the airport or some road trip with nothing else to eat and no other choice. I’ll eat a few nuggets or a burger just to make the hunger pains go away. However, after seeing this I’m pretty sure that even if i haven’t had food in 3 days I wouldn’t eat it again. The problem with this country is the lack of education on the food we eat. Most people know that fast food isn’t good for them, but they don’t know that it’s actually bad for them. Every time you eat fast food you are doing irreparable harm to your body. It might even be worse than smoking. There is zero nutritional content to this food. It’s basically poison. Everyone gets a vote three times a day that can effectively fix this problem. McDonalds doesn’t get any of my business and makes $0 off...

Addicted to Whole Foods

I think it’s pretty much official at this point; I’m addicted to Whole Foods. The thing is there just isn’t a lot of other alternatives out there in the Las Vegas area if you want to buy healthy / organic food. Their prepared foods section also is superior to any other grocery store. They have a ton of prepared vegan foods as well as other stuff I like to eat. Today’s trip to Whole Foods racked up another $120 bill. The sick thing is we walked out with just three small grocery bags. I said it was good – not cheap. It was a pretty typical shopping trip for us. We picked up a lot of fruits and veggies as well as a whole pasteurized chicken. The pasture chickens aren’t cheap, but they are free range and organically fed. No hormones, no antibiotics, and they roam around in fresh air like nature intended. When you compare them to a Purdue chicken, or some other brand like that, you can really see the difference. I mean actually see the difference. The color of the meat is a different color and when you cook it up the taste is so much better. I also hit the prepared foods bar to grab dinner for tonight. The menu included a vegan curry garbanzo soup, a spicy salmon hand roll with brown rice, and a tuna roll with brown rice. Dessert was a bowl of strawberries with some organic blueberry almond granola sprinkled over it. I also picked up some stuff for lunch tomorrow which includes some broccoli robe with garlic and olive oil,...