Friday, June 12, 2009

CSA Box June 11th

So sorry about not posting last week's CSA box. The pictures didn't turn out very good and we learned a valuable lesson about taking photos outside vs. inside. This week we started getting more summery vegetables and the twinadoes ate kohlrabi for the first time. They have dubbed them "crabby radishes" in part because they can't pronounce kohlrabi and also because they have the crunch of a radish and I guess they do kind of look like crabs to a preschooler who doesn't know any differently. So, this week we got a head of red leaf lettuce, 2 heads of green kohlrabi and one purple kohlrabi, spinach, french breakfast radishes (which we are going to serve raw with butter and sea salt on french bread), purple scallions, garlic scapes, yukina savoy, asparagus, rhubarb, and arugula. We've been very committed to buying our eggs, milk, and meat each week at the Saint Paul Farmer's Market and we've had nothing but great experiences and great food as a result.

A really cool place to take your kids

So, for a cool place to bring your kids this summer check out Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis. It's an indie book store designed with kids in mind. Since most of the early part of the week was rainy and cool I decided it would be a great time to take the kiddos to the book store then Punch Pizza for lunch. I knew we were in for good things when I noticed that built into the standard size door was a smaller door for the kids. They were elated as they walked inside their very own door and things just got better from there. It's such a kid-friendly place. In fact, I should probably classify it as grown-up tolerant as it's really a store for kids. The book selection was vast and eclectic and I was drawn into the books even more than my children. There were nooks and crannies and all kinds of wonderful places to sit and read for awhile. There were birds, two very friendly ferrets, two amazingly patient cats, a scared silly chicken (frantically running around the store, I might add), a tarantula (in his cage), a lizard (also in a cage) and a really cool in-floor viewing area for the rat. My kids were truly beside themselves as they discovered books, animals, posters, and an environment that brings out the magic of reading.