I know, the updates are getting later and later. The problem, obviously, is what to say each week. Surely, with the vendors hitting their full late summer stride, bushels filled with all the expected produce--tomatoes, melons, peppers, cucumbers, sweet corn--where to go?
I originally thought I would crib from an Angelic Organic Farm News. We had taken a co-op box this week from a friend who was out of town. The weekly newsletter provided more real information than any of my posts, but then I thought the amount of clear data would be a give-away that I was plagarizing. So, I skipped that plan (although it is interesting to note a few things from their newsletter: 1) the hot summer has caused fall crops such as broccoli and cauliflower to grow so fast that they are comming in way earlier than expected and 2) tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, sweet corn and melons have been "flourishing in a almost surreal way", achieving yields way beyond anything ever achieved in the past.)
Then, I thought I was saved by the New Yorker. Food, they feature this week. Within their collection of stories, is a classic New Yorker profile of someone obscure yet too cool, David Karp, the fruit detective. Don't call me a foodie he says, I'm a fruitie, and do not laugh at his ever present pith helment, he says it saved his life once from a falling durian. The problem, however, is the New Yorker follows the Conde Nast family tradition of putting virtually nothing on the web. No link and no furthter stories of how the fruit detective would have fared at the Oak Park market.
So, in closing, let me end this week's report with something classic and profound. No matter what kind of fruit, what kind of vegetable, what kind of flower, it all goes better with a fresh donut and a cup of coffee.
See you next week. I believe it's corn roast week.