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{Christine's 2o11 22-week CSA Share from Kilpatrick Family Farm}

This month’s episode is all about CSAs-- community supported agriculture! We tell you what CSA is and why it’s awesome for both farmers and consumers. If you’re interested in supporting local farmers and the local food system, this show is for you.

Are you still on the fence about joining a CSA? Then go read our {KNOW YOUR FARMER} Why Are You a CSA Member? post from earlier this month. All of the FSC contributors that have belonged to a CSA at one point or another chimed in about their experiences and why being part of a community-supported agriculture program is important to them. There's also an excellent round-up of additional CSA advice and local foods resources.

Joining a CSA means that you’ll be eating a lot of vegetables. Not sure what to do with them all? Not even sure what they are? Never fear! FSC is here to ease you into your new life as a CSA member. Chances are, we’ll have a post or recipe about it! Hakurei turnips? Jillian has you covered here. Jerusalem artichokes? Why not make Erika’s Jerusalem Artichoke & Beef Enchilads? Try Christina’s Pickled Fiddleheads or Christine’s Rainbow Chard Quiche. FSC even ran an entire Garlic Scape Week. We’ve got you covered.

{DENISON FARM: On-Farm Pick-Up Site}

For this month's podcast, we interviewed several rad farms at NOFA-NY’s 2nd Annual CSA Fair in Albany. We spoke with farmers who run vegetable CSAs, farms who collaborate with other local producers, farms with a CSA for meat & poultry, year-round vegetable CSAs and even a farm that will do the cooking for you. You can learn more about the farms and their CSA programs at the following links:

Quincy Farm, Easton, NY (Read about FSC’s tour of Quincy Farm back in October 2011 here) Denison Farm, Schaghticoke, NY (Read about the fundraiser FSC ogranized for Denison Farm & Kilpatrick Family Farm in the wake of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee here) Full Field Farm, North Chatham, NY Kilpatrick Family Farm, Middle Granville, NY 9 Miles East Farm, Northumberland, NY

Thanks to Luke Deikis, Justine Denison, Mike Kowalski, Philip Kilpatrick and Gordon Sachs for taking the time to talk to us about their 2012 CSA programs.

{Walking Quincy Farm}

For more information about CSAs or to find a farm near you, visit www.localharvest.org. Local listeners can learn about upcoming CSA fairs in New York by visiting www.nofany.org.

Thanks for listening!

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Happy Leap Day! February 29 only comes around once every four years, so get out there and enjoy it.

Today, From Scratch Club takes the leap (heh) into the wonderful world of podcasting! That’s right: you can now read the blog, plan for an FSC Swappers food swap and mark your calendars to visit us at our next community outreach event all while listening to the From Scratch Club podcast!

This podcast has been a long time coming. Over a year ago, Christina & Alexis put an FSC podcast on their wish list and now on this auspicious and memorable day, February 29, it’s live. A few months ago, Christina and I renewed the dream and decided to take the plunge. We planned and brainstormed and fretted and drank hot toddies, hoping that we weren’t completely crazy for thinking maybe, just maybe, we could whisper our sweet nothings about food and farming and swapping in your ears. The entire experience of recording and editing was brand new to us but we are getting the hang of it. I’m still working on not cringing when I listen to myself talk and, I’m happy to report, it is somehow getting easier.  We are obsessed with meeting and interviewing as many peeps as we can so that we can inspire, educate, share, giggle and chit chat with you, with our ever-growing FSC community.

Our hearts are bursting with nervousness and excitement. We are thrilled to present to you the first-ever From Scratch Club podcast!

Listen to Episode 01 here or subscribe via iTunes!

You can keep up with our new episodes and learn more about the podcast here.

Let us know what you’d like to hear! Is there someone that we must talk to and interview? Know of an event that you think we should cover? Do you have a topic that you are dying to know more about? Please, let us know. We are honored that this humble little podcast might take up residence on your iPod or laptop and we are excited to grow and improve with every episode. We hope this podcast will let you learn a little more about us, the wild and crazy ladies of FSC, but more importantly we hope this podcast lets us learn a lot about all of you. You homesteaders, cooks, bakers, gardeners, tiny apartment dwellers, full-scale farmers, foodies, dinner party hosts, dinner party guests, townhome owners, policy advocates, protesters, changemakers, food gurus, etc. We want to meet you and tell the world about you. Let’s chat.

THANK YOU: A huge thank you to everyone here at FSC, to our first interview guest Nicole Taylor of the Heritage Radio Network show “Hot Grease”, to NOFA-NY for giving us the opportunity to attend their conference and interview tons of interesting people, to our FSC Swappers for letting us chase them around with a microphone and for my partner-in-crime at home who helped me learn how to edit, made dinner while I stared at the computer and coaxed me to bed after hours of recording and mixing.

SHOW NOTES

NICOLE TAYLOR: You can find more information about Nicole Taylor on her blog, food culturist, or follow her on twitter, or on Facebook. Hot Grease can be found on Itunes and is apart of the WONDERFUL Heritage Radio Network that records live in the back of Roberta's in a shipping container.

Nutritional Yeast: The Wikipedia summary Christina read is found here.

Information about FSC Food Swaps can be found here.

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