I remember reading a biography of Bob Dylan some years back and one picture which struck me was an old black and white photo of a labor day parade in Bob’s hometown of Hibbing. The streets were packed with hundreds of people carrying the tools of their trade; miners with headlamps with pickaxes in tow. That picture still sticks in my mind not only because of the pride people must have had in their work to take to the streets but also because its an image for me of Minnesota’s rich history of common people working together to make great things happen. And those prizes were hard won. Even though I know it’s unfashionable to talk about unions, organizing labor in places like the Iron Range was a violent decades-long struggle. In a similar way, farmers and communities worked hard organizing cooperatives to get electricity, better milk prices, or a good food supply. We’ve seen this cooperative spirit more recently in such organizations as the NFO (National Farm Organization) which organized the dairy strikes in the 1980s where farmers dumped their milk in fields instead of taking a loss. These were not easy times and many of those challenges stick with us still.
In the Box:
- All Blue Potato: treat as you would any potato…they are best baked or boiled.
- Edamame: The soybean plants loose in the box. I know, why am I throwing in whole soybean plants? You eat the pods, not the leaves. Take off all the pods, boil in saltwater for a few minutes and eat with some beer – you’re good. Visual instructions here.
- A Couple Yellow Onions
- Some San Marzano Roma Tomatoes: Don’t worry if there are some black spots on them…these are only skin deep and gone with a little peeling. Great for saucing.
- Some Celebrity Slicing Tomatoes
- Red and Yellow Pepper
- Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper: Typically these don’t have too much heat, but not this year.
- Contender Green Beans: Hey, back to standard green beans after wondering through the desert of yellow, Roma, and Purple beans.
- Mixed Cherry Tomatoes