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The dirty carrot, or what to do with your vegetable box

This 8-minute video from the Guardian looks at the dilemma faced by an organic vegetable box distributor (what we’d call community-supported agriculture in the US) after a tough winter. Although he does end up contracting for vegetables grown in France, the distance is less than from other parts of the UK, and the carbon footprint is driven most by local distribution – i.e., in their small vans, to individual subscribers. Another problem is that many consumers don’t know how to cook winter vegetables, so it’s important to include lots of recipes.

So, what do you like to make with vegetables like carrots, cabbage, beets, and kale?

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Local food meets Google Maps

Check out Incredible Edible Todmorden’s Egg Map. Todmorden is a small town in North Yorkshire (not far from Hebden Bridge, where I once visited friends of my father’s). The Egg Map is just a clickable map from which, if you live in the area of Todmorden, you can contact egg producers who might have surplus fresh, local eggs to sell. How simple. How perfect.

I really wanted to have laying hens in our garden, but once the landlord told us we couldn’t even have a cat, we knew hens would be out of the question. And no egg map for Cambridge, either. Oh well.

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