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Glorious Rain

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If you’ve been watching the news you might have seen that California has been getting a lot of overdue rain lately.  It hasn’t rained like this for years.  The last time we had rain that came even a little close to this was 11 years ago when I moved here.  I moved from Cleveland in the fall and when the rains started in late January and February I remember overhearing people say things like “If I wanted this kind of weather I would have stayed on the East Coast!”  In that moment it occurred to me that maybe it had been a long time since they’d spent time on the East Coast in January or February.  The couple days a week of light rain were certainly no match for the freezing temps and blizzards that I had just left behind.  The past few years we have had especially warm winters with hot dry winds coming from the desert.  A couple years ago I spent a warm 80 degree day on the beach in January.  While it was kind of fun to be able to send a pic of myself tanning on the beach to my friends and family who lived in colder climates, it was also kind of concerning.  I could see evidence of the drought all around me.  From the brown lawns, hillsides and mountain peaks to the water restriction notices from the LADWP.

So now we are finally getting some serious rain and we seriously need it.  People say that Angelenos are babies when it comes to rain but I always defend the dramatic reaction to the rain around here.  Shit gets very real here when it rains!  Because it doesn’t happen very often it’s a big event event.  Roofs that haven’t had to deal with rain in years leak, trees that haven’t had to contend with strong winds or the weight of so much water on their branches break, streets flood, there are mudslides, sinkholes.  It’s some real end of days shit!  And it doesn’t take much either.  What would be considered a couple days of drizzle in other places is “hard rain” here because compared to what we usually get (NOTHING) it’s a lot.

I’m not sure what this means for my CSA but I’m sure it means something.  I hoping it means I’ll be getting some really cool stuff in my CSA box this Spring!  The watercress in this week’s box is an indicator that Spring is on the horizon and with all this rain, I’m excited to see what Sarvodaya Farms and Mother Nature have in store!

Delightful CSA BOX

March 1, 2017
CSA box from Sarvodaya Farms

The Contents

  • Winter Squash
  • Carrots
  • Garlic Chives (Nira)
  • Nopales (Cactus Paddles)
  • Blood Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Beets
  • Daikon Radish
  • Russian Kale
  • Latticino Kale
  • Collard Greens
  • Red Mustard Greens
  • Salad Mix
  • Watercress

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