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By Catherine Mallette
The Baltimore Sun
| July 9, 2013
I was visiting my sister in New England on our weekly CSA pickup day, so my husband dutifully went out to the farm to get our haul. Once home, he prepped all the veggies, carefully placing them in the crispers of the fridge. He even took a photo of this week's Community Supported Agriculture bounty, and sent me a caption identifying everything in clockwise order: Garlic, lettuce, mustard greens, broccoli, raspberries, beets, carrots, basil. So helpful. When I got home, three days later, everything was still there waiting for me to come up with exciting recipes.
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By Catherine Mallette, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
As summer slipped into September, I realized I could no longer ignore the bounty of jalapenos in my refrigerator. I think I had about 24. I had lot of recipes that used one or two of the peppers at a time, but I needed something that would put a real dent in the supply. Jalapeno poppers came to mind. I'd never had one before, despite having lived most of my adult life in Texas, where the jalapeno is as common as Old Bay seasoning is in Maryland. I found a couple of recipes that looked interesting - one on allrecipes.com and one on simplyrecipes.com - and decided to try them both with some modifications.
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By Catherine Mallette, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2013
Well, the quinoa salad was a hit at the garden party. I think. At least the bowl ended up empty, which is great because my refrigerator is stuffed with greens and with leftovers. One thing I realized today: I can keep up with making a dish every day (maybe) but usually there are also leftovers, too. My husband was heading out the door to work out today and mentioned that he might "grab something for lunch" and I told him that really, that might not be okay today -- or for the rest of the summer.
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By Catherine Mallette, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2013
The thing about summer squash is that it's pretty good just steamed and with some salt and pepper. But with an abundance of it in my fridge, I decided to try something more adventurous I found an interesting recipe for grilled squash with lemon juice, feta and mint on Chow.com. Then I found another recipe that was similar but the squash was roasted and the herb was thyme - and instead of lemon juice, balsamic vinegar gave the dish a little acid. I decided to do a combination of the two recipes using the ingredients I had on hand, which included some mint growing in a pot on my deck that needed to be picked (or moved)
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By Catherine Mallette, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2013
Editor's note: This is the first entry in a summer-long series of posts reflecting Catherine's adventures with her CSA. Enjoy! My son, Jack, was the first to suggest I join a CSA. It was a couple of years ago, and he had just joined one while he was in college in upstate New York. I have to admit, I really didn't know what he was talking about, and so, in that way that young-adult children have of speaking to their parents the way we spoke to them when they were in first grade (think slow, deliberate, as if we are suffering from some sort of terrible midlife learning disability)
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By Dr. Elizabeth J. Letourneau | August 6, 2013
The recent FBI raid that arrested three men in Maryland as part of Operation Cross Country that netted 150 alleged pimps in 76 cities illustrates significant governmental efforts in detecting and arresting sex offenders, including pimps and buyers. But child sexual abuse (CSA), which includes the sexual exploitation of children and juvenile prostitution, is a complex problem that requires a much more comprehensive approach that moves beyond rescues and raids. Rather, we need to invest in a public health approach that emphasizes the importance of primary prevention as well as criminal justice interventions and post-abuse services and treatment.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2011
Hey lady, want a cow? Sure, who wouldn't want a cow, or a pig for that matter, but, gee, it's not like I have a meat freezer. The idea of one's own personal livestock, grown by a responsible farmer, is appealing. But there are typically two deal-killers -- the expense and the required freezer space, even a side of beef, half the cow, yields somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 pounds. Meat clubs, or meat shares, are a way of letting consumers cut their commitment to a whole-animal purchase.
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Gus G. Sentementes | July 24, 2012
One Straw Farm , one of the biggest independent farms in Maryland and a familiar presence at farmers' markets across the Baltimore region, is on a quest to build two iPhone apps that will help modernize its business and better connect with its customers. Joan and Drew Norman, the owners of the farm, have gotten hooked on the iPhone and believe they can use it to make their work on the farm more efficient and better share and connect their customers. They've been farming since 1983 and grow on 175 acres.
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Aegis staff report | July 21, 2013
The Harford-Cecil chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors of Maryland was honored recently as the Association of the Year. The Maryland branch of the association held its annual President's Luncheon June 18 in Columbia, installed officers and honored past presidents. Among the recognized past recipients of Paul J Murphy Award, which is the highest recognition by the State Association and given to someone who has demonstrated long-term commitment to education and service to NAIFA, was John A. Styer, CLU, ChFC, a longtime member of the Harford-Cecil NAIFA Association as well as past local and state NAIFA president.
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By Janene Holzberg and Janene Holzberg,Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2009
Bonnie Sorak can't wait to sample a romanesco this summer. The Ellicott City resident and her family are vegans and eat only plant products, but she just recently heard of the pale-green vegetable that's a cross between broccoli and cauliflower. As tantalizing as the prospect of tasting the unusual cruciferous vegetable is the satisfaction of knowing it will be just one of an array of farm products that will be delivered to her at peak freshness all season long. Sorak's family and 84 other area households have contracted to try a symbiotic concept called "community supported agriculture," in what organizers believe is the first-ever arrangement between a county farm and a trio of school PTAs.
NEWS
By Dr. Elizabeth J. Letourneau | August 6, 2013
The recent FBI raid that arrested three men in Maryland as part of Operation Cross Country that netted 150 alleged pimps in 76 cities illustrates significant governmental efforts in detecting and arresting sex offenders, including pimps and buyers. But child sexual abuse (CSA), which includes the sexual exploitation of children and juvenile prostitution, is a complex problem that requires a much more comprehensive approach that moves beyond rescues and raids. Rather, we need to invest in a public health approach that emphasizes the importance of primary prevention as well as criminal justice interventions and post-abuse services and treatment.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Catherine Mallette,
The Baltimore Sun
| July 23, 2013
Being part of a CSA doesn't mean just picking up food every week, apparently. Farmer Emma at Moon Valley Farm is busy this July putting the "community" in Community Supported Agriculture. She's planned a member and volunteer potluck dinner with tours of the garden and Frisbee games. She's putting volunteer days on the calendar and providing lunch for those who help out. She's also organizing their first Farm-to-Table dinner on a Saturday night. And, to my delight, she asked Tim Maschok, organic-produce buyer at MOM's Organic Market, to come out to the farm and give tips for keeping produce fresh.
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Aegis staff report | July 21, 2013
The Harford-Cecil chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors of Maryland was honored recently as the Association of the Year. The Maryland branch of the association held its annual President's Luncheon June 18 in Columbia, installed officers and honored past presidents. Among the recognized past recipients of Paul J Murphy Award, which is the highest recognition by the State Association and given to someone who has demonstrated long-term commitment to education and service to NAIFA, was John A. Styer, CLU, ChFC, a longtime member of the Harford-Cecil NAIFA Association as well as past local and state NAIFA president.
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By Catherine Mallette, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2013
As we entered Week 5 of our Moon Valley Farm CSA pickups, I realized two things have happened. First, I am not panicking as much about what to do with all the vegetables. And we're eating more cleanly. Not familiar with the term "clean eating"? Neither was I. It was one of those phrases that I'd never heard before and then suddenly it seemed like everyone was expecting me to understand it. When I filled out some paperwork at the Maryland Fitness Club a few months ago, for example, I was supposed to note how many of my meals each day were "clean.
NEWS
By Catherine Mallette, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
When I was 13 or 14, I got my first real job and it was a brutal one: picking cucumbers on the Zuzgo family's 40 Acre Farm in Hadley, Mass. I have no idea if picker technology has advanced since then, but in those days, a tractor pulled a wide, wheeled platform across the fields. The platform had mattresses on top and about a dozen teenagers — always teenagers — would lie on our stomachs, face forward as the tractor moved ahead slowly. A black tarp over the whole contraption protected us from the sun and also created a sauna-like environment.
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