Today it became officially summer in my mind, when I picked up my first CSA box of the season. For months, I’ve been waiting for the first delivery, dreaming of rhubarb and sugar snap peas. I’m pleased to say that I was not disappointed, and my fridge is stocked with greens, herbs, strawberries, and of course, rhubarb.
While I love the conveniences of living in Oak Park, summer brings out my rustic side. I can close my eyes and picture myself in the chicken coop collecting eggs just before sunrise, or in a field, picking tomatoes in the late afternoon sun. For lunch each day, I’d have a meal pulled together from farm-fresh ingredients — without a trip to Whole Foods.
When the sun is shining and cool breezes keep the humidity at bay, it’s easy to imagine life on the farm. And I’m not the only city-dweller to dream of country life. One of my favorite books from last year is the story of a Kristen Kimball, a woman who made the jump from dreaming to doing. The Dirty Life: on farming food and love chronicles Kimball’s infatuation and marriage to a self-taught farmer as well as her unexpected devotion to the farm they grow together.
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