Farm Fresh all Summer
For weeks, I've been moving around the mud in my garden threatening to plant the wee little seedlings I started indoors while the frost was still making a regular appearance. Until last weekend, however, I refrained from putting anything into the ground. Now, I'm no master gardener—this is only the second time I've grown vegetables in my adult life (this first time being last year when I learned that peas have to go in earlier, you can't get lettuce leaves wet when you water and never plant pumpkins next to the compost piles). So don't expect to find anything resembling gardening advice in Food News this summer. This is about as close as it'll get to advice: it ain't too late to get a Community Supported Agriculture share.
• Former editor and owner of Boise Weekly, Bingo Barnes, has gone farmer on us. Get an Urbane Farms share that'll feed two to three people for $400 mid-May through mid-October. Barnes was down at Capital City Public Market last weekend with herbs and tomatoes and was continually answering inquiries about Urbane Farms shares, so if you're interested, call soon before he sells out. Call 208-761-9538 or visit urbanefarms.com.
• Pleasant Valley Ranch in Eagle also has a few shares left, but again, time and shares are running short. The 24-week, four-person baskets start early May and run through late October. A full share is $800 but order before May 1 and you'll get a $200 discount. After May 1 with advanced payment, half shares are $350 and full shares are $600. In addition to fruits and vegetables, Pleasant Valley Ranch also sells eggs, meats, honey and poultry, so if you're thinking about a Thanksgiving turkey but haven't already put your name on a bird, Pleasant Valley may have one or two extra you can reserve. For information or to buy a share, call Corey Blaine at 208-841-8127.
• Earthly Delights Farm has three shares—yep count 'em, three—left for this year. Run by Casey O'Leary and Lori Bevan, the uber-cool thing about Earthly Delights is that it's entirely human powered, which means only hand tools in the garden and bikes on the delivery route (in and around the Collister area). Shares are $468 for an 18-week season, which runs late May through October, with 10 kinds of veggies, fruits and herbs each week. Bike delivery is an extra four bucks a week. To claim one of the last three shares, send a $35 deposit to Earthly Delights, 2609 Arthur St., Boise, ID 83703. For more information, visit earthlydelightsfarm.com.
This Week's Wine and Dine
Nothing like a little wine drinking in the name of charity. Uncorked Idaho is Friday, April 24, 6-9 p.m. in the Stueckle Sky Center. Food, wine and music for $50 per person. Proceeds benefit Camp Erin. Info and tickets at 208-401-2109 or uncorkedidaho.com.