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Fresh Produce for our Philadelphia Friends:

So, here is the info on a awesome produce club in Philadelphia, PA:

Check it out!


Produce Day is Thursday 05/16.

Pickup from 4:30pm until 6:30pm or needed.

Saturday 10:30am until 12:30pm.

Always make an appointment: no exceptions.

All the intro info is at the end of the document.

Rule #1: get involved, ask questions…

The Point: we live in a Port town. There is a fountain of produce four miles from here. And it is super cheap. Let’s dive in!

Pick Up Address: 321 Cattell Ave in the garage. Park and walk back. –Make an appointment even to a la carte shop please.

THE LIST ( only organics )

Mushroom:

#1 Mature Portabella Mushroom: $3.75 / pound x

Kennet Square producer sends this order overnight. Fresh!

Will ordered on Wednesday.

I need your order by Wednesday 10am and a deposit.

1 Cases are already ordered this week.

#1 White Button Mushroom: $3.00 / pound

from the same producer.

1 case ordered.

Fruit

#2 Granny smith apples $1. per pound ( Extra Bargain ) WSL

#2 Gala Apples $1. per pound ( Extra Bargain ) WSL

while supplies last.

#1 Lemon $0.75 each

#1 Navel Orange $0.60 each

#1 Red Grapefruit $1.5 per fruit

#1 Kiwi $0.40 each.

#1 Strawberry $4.0 per pound

#1 Blueberry $3.5 per 6 oz pack

Veggies

#1 Turmeric Root $6.8 per pound

#1 Ginger Root

30# total price is $3 per pound

5# total price is $4.5 per pound

#2 Green cabbage $0.75 per pound

#1 Avocado $1.5 each

#1 Celery $3.0 per head

#1 Broccoli Bunch $3.5 per pound

#2 Cucumber $1.75 per pound

#2 Carrot $0.25 per pound ( Extra Bargain )

#2 Rainbow Carrot: $1.5 per pound

#2 Orange OR Yellow pepper $2.25 per pound

#1 Zucchini $1.75 per pound

#1 Russet potato $4 per 3 pound bag

#2 Turnip $1.60 per pound

#1 Grape Tomato $3.00 per pint

#1 Beefsteak Tomato: $3.00 per pound

#2 Acorn Squash: $1 per pound.

#2 Sweet potato $0.75 per pound

#1 Onion $4.25 per 3 pound bag ( 16 per case )

#1 Garlic $4.50 per pound

#1 Cilantro $1.75 per bunch

#2 Dandelion Bunch $2. per bunch

#1 Rainbow Chard $2.25 per bunch

#1 Kale $2.25 per bunch

#1 Kale Lac $2.25 per bunch

#1 Alfalfa Sprouts $1.75 / 4 oz package.

Speciality Items

#1 Polenta $3 per pound : sun dried tomato and garlic?

#1 Tofu 14 oz Firm or Extra Firm $1.67

#2 Tofu Cutlet $1 each ( Extra Bargain )

Orders MUST fill and buy the case BEFORE it is purchased, so orders do NOT mean you will get the items.

Share is: To be determined ETC.

Caveat on Pricing:

When I get the items at the wholesaler I inspect them. When I get them back to my store sort them and weigh the remaining produce. At that point I may change the price. This is because there can be more or less counted items in the box than I assumed in calculating the price And/Or there may be more or less weight as well.

The Introduction Information ( used to be at the top ):

The Produce Club

produceclub.us

send email toritter.alan88@gmail.com for weekly item and price list.

And to “order” from this list.

For 02/28/2019 pickup ( and the weekend )

We buy from wholesale sources.

We buy Firsts (#1) and Seconds (#2). This saves you money. And reduces food waste.

Be precise when you order. Ask me if you are confused.

Confirm an appointment to pick up ( time and day ) when you order.

(small aside for new folks): email me directly with questions.

There is no minimum order with the Club ever. Buy only what you can use.

If that means one apple, then buy one apple.

If you are making a big order you need an account. Email me.

I suggest just making an appointment and shopping a la carte to meet me.

I mention case sizes sometimes, because unless the Club as a whole buys it all I won’t order it.

The pickup location is:

321 Cattell Ave Collingswood NJ 08107

It is in the garage of the house.

The house has a trampoline.

I ask that you park at the curb and walk back. if you are picking up a large amount we can pull your car back.


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Why I Love Wyoming:

Here is a funny story about Why I Love Wyoming:

When it’s Springtime in Wyoming …
And the gentle breezes blow
At about seventy miles per hour
And it’s fifty-two below.
You can tell you’re in Wyoming
Cuz the snow’s up to your butt
And you take a breath of Springtime air
And your nose holes both freeze shut.
The weather here is wonderful …
So I guess I’ll hang around.
I could never leave Wyoming
Cuz my feet are frozen to the ground

-Author Unknown

The Sick Joke of Today’s American Agricultural Labor Situation

The Sick Joke of Today’s American Agricultural Labor Situation

Time and time again, you hear farmers lamenting that there’s just no one to work on their farms. Berries goes unpicked, fruits rot on the trees. Even livestock operations can’t function well because they’re so short-staffed.

Some people look around and wonder why there’s such a labor shortage. What happened?

Our lowest common denominator happened – people took charge of our government who believe in demonizing and scapegoating certain classes of people just because of where they come from and what they look like.

Numbers released near the end of last year show nearly 300,000 deportations in 2018 – a colossal number by any standard, and one that news reports cited as a new high after months of scapegoating and aggressive policing by law enforcement agents on the hunt for “illegal aliens.” Of course, the society is having the big debate around what should be done about immigration – but unfortunately, the wrong side is winning. The know-nothing-ism of wanting to deport the people who do the toughest jobs is a dramatic example of shooting one’s self in the foot – it’s all based on smoke and mirrors, a xenophobic mindset that arises ex nihilo, from the vapidity of right-wing TV and talk radio.

For people who believe in a shared global humanity and intercultural harmony, that’s bad enough, but even if you don’t care about any of that stuff, aggressive ICE tactics and police militarization and other issues have led to a really interesting problem that’s actively hurting our agricultural businesses.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, it’s simple – those laborers who worked so hard to pick our fruit and catch our chickens and haul heavy farming equipment around and do all of those tough manual labor farm jobs have been deported, chased out and driven underground by a tyrannical government.

The bulldogs of anti-immigration hatred are off their chains. Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his ilk are emboldened to talk about the most belligerent and aggressive immigration policies. It’s hard times for the immigrant, who has to always worry and look over his or her shoulder wondering about what comes next.

It stands to reason, then, that these people don’t show up to be counted in the job role. They’re leaving the farms, just like they’re leaving the landscaping business and everything else, and the sick joke is that everybody loses.

You can argue about “what kind of people immigrants are,” which is absurdly reductionist and bull-simple, but you can’t really argue that immigrants don’t contribute to farm labor – unless you’re wearing a tin-foil hat. Modern Farmer and other sources widely cite available statistics showing that more than half of all U.S. ag labor is done by immigrants. So if you try to get rid of the immigrants – you’re left with an even more drastic labor shortage.

A lot of us get this on an intuitive level, but you can see it right in front of your face if you show up to GTKYF Foundation Inc – The STEP Group  – Ag Labor.

We’re trying to improve local small farms by moving them toward sustainability, but first we have to crowdsource the labor to get these operations solvent. One example is by moving the birds from the farm to the processing plant.

The problem, of course, is getting good workers, people willing to not just show up, but actually do the work of catching the birds. It requires a bit of skill and a bit of hard work – and unfortunately that’s a bit more than most locally native people seem to have.

It’s unfortunate, to say the least, that we’ve let xenophobia and racism impact our agricultural processes this way. But now there’s an immediate opportunity to show the local community that there are hard-working Americans who will fill in when they’re needed. That’s the only silver lining that really applies – a chance to finally get down from the pedestal and do the work ourselves.

We are paying those who will come to catch chickens with us at night, or participate in other aspects of ag labor.  We’re paying good money, and we’re also providing an opportunity to look at what local agricultural operations look like. Do it for the chickens, so that we can improve their living conditions. Do it for the community, so that we can get better access to local food. And lastly, do it for yourself – because showing up and making a difference helps us, and it also helps you. By testing your comfort zone and going outside of the box, you come away with first-hand experience and an informed outlook, as well as bragging rights for taking on some of the hardest jobs in the industry.

It’s hard work – but it’s not impossible work. Getting involved will show you more about what you as a person are capable of – in a good way. Also, unlike in some other types of labor situations, taking on a part-time chicken catching, or other agricultural  job won’t make you a “scab” – trust us, there will always be enough local demand for farm workers. We want to fill in the gap in solidarity, until our hard-working brothers and sisters can come back and participate in our local economy. Otherwise, we’re going to cede ground to “big ag” – centralized production, mechanization, and a much less human farm community.

Talk to us about putting your muscles to work and putting your voice behind sane farming practices.

This Article originally published http://farmfresh.media/a-sick-joke-of-todays-american-agricultural-labor-situation

 


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