Spinning AP’s “Eat your vegetables” story for the Monroe MI readers
The Associated Press has picked up an article by Mae Anderson about how to find cheap veggies.
It ran Sunday in the print edition of The Monroe Evening News with the headline of “Eat your vegetables – for less with these tips.” If you missed it, the places where you’ll find the “eat your vegetables” article online include Boston.com.
Here’s what happened. Mae wrote the article for her New York audience. The overall explanations about how community supported agriculture, farmers’ markets and co-ops work are good, which is why AP picked it up and other newspapers are printing it.
Unfortunately, the original article doesn’t answer the question of “how do I do that?” unless you live in New York!
So here are the local details for my Monroe, Mich., readers:
There are several sites where you can find what produce is generally in season in Michigan. But I’ll send you to A Healthier Michigan, where Grace Derocha posted a list of 52 varieties last summer.
That being said, be prepared for the fact that seasons may be a little off this year. We did have an early start to spring.
Community supported agriculture
There are two CSA programs in the area. They’re both in Milan, and I posted details on them when it was sign-up season.
There used to be a CSA in Monroe at the campus of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. But the IHM sisters have since converted that area to a community organic farm.
The AP story refers to this resource as “green market,” which might be a regional term. They’re called farmer’s markets in southeast Michigan.
I did post the Monroe-area farmers’ market list for 2012 a few days ago, and expect to have more updates this week. FYI: I list Ciolino Fruit and Vegetable Market in my grocery database because Ciolino’s is a year-round operation rather than seasonal.
That service is not available in Monroe County, but there are two I know of in nearby cities. Look up the details I’ve posted in my grocery database on People’s Food Co-Op in Ann Arbor and Toledo Natural Food Co-Op.