Funky Friday Farmers Market at BADSEED - A MUST ON FRIDAYS IN THE CROSSROADS ~~~~~ 4-9pm

This is Farmer Brooke and I have some very exciting news:

The BADSEED Farmers Market (every Friday night from 4-9 PM) is now accepting food stamps!! We have a fancy little machine that allows us to swipe your EBT card for the desired amount. That amount can then be used towards purchases of fresh produce, artisan goat cheese, breads & treats, gourmet mushrooms, free-range meats, organic coffee, wheat grass, kombucha, and any other mouth-watering delights the market has to offer. Heck yeah! Tell your friends......

This is a BIG deal for me as a (low-income) farmer. To be perfectly honest, I often lament at the fact that I grow food for rich people! Local-organic food should not be exclusive to the upper-middle class. It should be available to everyone. However, that is easier said than done when we have an entire nation addicted to and dependent on factory foods. A big pat on the back should be given to theindustrial food system and agribusiness for managing to make a McDonald's extra value meal cheaper than your average head of cabbage at the expense of our health and integrity..........not to mention the exploitation of our environment and human labor.

The truth is good food just isn't cheap. But it is a lot cheaper than the real costs of the other stuff. Let's put it this way - a head of cabbage is a heck of a lot cheaper than the average medical bill or your monthly prescriptions.

Alright, alright, enough with the "food activist" bit.....let's move on to the "sexy talk":

***Sexy Veggie of the Week***


This
week's
runner-up
is...

none

other

than...

FLAME Gourmet Cutting Lettuce. With her frilly maroon leaves and sweet disposition she is sure to tempt even the most discerning lettuce connoisseurs. Find this hot-red mama in BADSEED Farm's Red Velvet Lovers Mix - an incredibly sensuous (all red) salad mix with ruby accents of baby red chard, bronze fennel, and neon orange nasturtium flowers. This mix is absolutely off the radar. Available in limited quantities. Impress the one you love....

And now the moment we've all been waiting for.....this week's grand prize winner (drum roll please) is RAINBOW CHARD.



So help me God.....this is one sexy veggie. Her ooooh sooooo luscious leaves with neon stalks in fuchsia, canary yellow, burnt orange, and deep red are enough to put a farmer over the edge. She sways gracefully in the field singing "saute me" with olive oil, sea salt, yellow raisins and pine nuts.......or just wear my giant leaves as a hula skirt and dance around.

Pictures are attached. Go crazy.







Moving

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New Vendor Alert
Please give a buzzing welcome to Les Miller of Millers HONEY!! Boy oh boy does this man know how to charm some bees!! Miller produces pure, raw, extraordinary honey using holistic and sustainable practices. Les has a heck of a story. He grew up in Sugar Creek near the infamous Amoco Fuel Refinery. Due to necessity he spent his child hood in the dirt growing food for his entire family. Today, many of the folks he new back in ole' Sugar Creek suffer from cancer. He attributes his long-standing good health to home-grown foods and a whole lotta' honey. For the last couple years Les has been fighting the City of Independence to keep his bees. The bureaucrats have backed off for now and those bees are still a buzzin'. Good thing for us honey lovers. Bee sure to get as taste this Friday.

Okay, so it is memorial day weekend and I know you have some big plans. How about going "local" for your festive feast. We can help you out with this week's organic offerings:


BADSEED Farm, Brooke Salvaggio & Daniel Heryer (South KC) www.badseedfarm.com
*Heirloom Transplants (last chance to deck out your organic garden)
*Sex in A Bowl (badseed's signature SALAD MIX with chocolate mint, dill, and chive blossoms)
*Arugula (it's back...its bad)
*Asian Invasion (a spicy salad mix or stir-fry mix with tasty asian greens and garlic chives)
*BADSEED Braising Mix (with baby kale and baby chard.....yum)
*Red Russian KALE & DINO KALE (that's right, new this week, eat em' up)
*RAINBOW CHARD (remember what I said about the hula skirt)
*Red Velvet Lovers Mix (with FLAME Gourmet Cutting Lettuce)
*Garlic Scapes!!!! (those sexy shoots that snake out from the garlic stalk)
*Fresh Garlic Chives, Oregano, Thyme, Chocolate Mint, Savory, and Russian Tarragon


Herb"N"Gardener, Lew Edminster (Westside, KCMO)
In the words of the lovely Lew (hence the quotes):
"this week i'll be toting my usual many,many tubs of greens for salads and sauté pan. my standby superior all star mix will be in abundance along with a good load of mild mesclun mix and the larger luscious red rocky top. there will be arugula and the huge hit of multiple mustard greens including the golden frills that matches up with the arugula like a twin edible. you'll have to make up your own mind if it's orgasmic and fit for a food perv, or just plain old damned good eats. my kales are having a hard time catching up to demand of newly committed kaleavores, but i'll have some early at any rate.
i'm bringing the gallon pots of california rosemary that i forgot last week. this is going to be the last week i'll drag out the peppers and tomato transplant, so folks should get their needs calculated this week."
Platte Prairie Farms, Steve Mann (North KC) www.prairietrading.com
Steve is busy with planting this week. Catch him next time!


Bigg Blue Farm, Stan & Carmen Biggs (Mosby, MO)
*Green onions in red, white and yellow
*Mustard Greens

*Radishes - cherry belle, white icicle (hotter than hell!!), French Breakfast & more tasty heirlooms

*Swiss Chard & Beet Tops

*Herbs



PJ's Mushroom Farm, Paul & Judy Miller (Warrensburg, MO)
*A whole lotta' Shitake Mushrooms!! (try em' on the grill on skewers marinated in tamari and tarragon for your barbecue weekend)
*Oyster Mushrooms
*Farm-Fresh Brown Eggs
*Cornish Hens (only three left!!!)
*Hand-made crafts


Parker Farms, Tom and Paula Parker (Richmond, MO) www.parkerfarmsmeats.com
*A variety of 100% grassfed beef and all natural pork including:
*Pork chops,
*Chipotle brats with cheese or cranberries
*Pre-cooked franks
*Chili Cheese Links
*T-Bones
*Rib steaks
*KC strip steaks
*Stew meat
*Beef Roasts
*Homemade soy based candles and gourd birdhouses (compliments of their lovely girls who grew the gourds on the farm!!)
(I don't even eat meat and my mouth is watering!!!......)


Bread Of Life Bakery, The Crowther Family (Stewartsville, MO) www.breadoflifebakery.net
*sandwich breads
*savory breads
*sweet breads
*specialty treats (vegan as well)
**ALL MADE FROM 100% Locally Grown, Organic Wheat!!!!


Puddin' Head Coffee, Harry Lee, (Raytown, MO) www.puddinheadcoffee.com
*Only the BEST fair-trade/organic/micro-roasted coffee in town!!
Get yourself some beans or grab yourself a mug.
COFFEE BY THE MUG IS ONLY $1.00!!!!


....and thats not all!!! Other "Liquid Elixirs" will include WHEAT GRASS SHOTS & TRAYS from the lovely Angela Hoffman. This is hard red winter wheat and it is oh so sweet and oh so good for you. Take a shot and feel groovy.



Other goodies will include:

ARTISAN GOAT CHEESE from Goatsbeard Farm
Aged & Fresh varieties including Moniteau Blue, Prairie Bloom, Taum Sauk,Osage Orange, Herb Crusted Chevre, Marinated Chevre, and Greek-style Feta
**Try the Taum Sauk (a nutty, aged "slice of heaven" with intense and perfectly complex flavor) sliced and drizzled with a bit of Miller's honey for dessert. A common delicacy in Italy. To die for.....

Certified Organic Flour from Heartland Mill
An impressive selection will be available each week including all purpose, whole wheat, whole wheat pastry, golden buffalo, malted (for peak crust coloration), and blue cornmeal!! An artisan bakers dream.

and, of course, Kombucha Mushroom Tea (Brooke's home brew)
Sip while you shop!



LAST CHANCE to sign up for the following Urban Homesteading Course:
Canning & Preserving Workshop: Jams and Jellies!! To read the course description go to: http://www.badseedfarm.com/farm/?page_id=8

Remember:
LIVE NUDE VEGETABLES !! and other organic delights...
EVERY FRIDAY AT BADSEED

Yours Truly,

Brooke
- farmer and mistress of the BADSEED


BADSEED
An Urban-Organic Farm & Market
Celebrating Local Food, Culture, and Community
Fridays, 4-9pm

Senate Western Caucus begs for attention from Locavores Like You

It seems clear, from the Senate Western Caucus' (SWC) press release provided below, that "rural America" is still being re-redefined by a growing number of politicians across the country. The SWC is taking a position opposing EPA's protection of water resources, the Dept. of the Interior's protection of wildlands, and the USDA's "Know Your Farmer" initiatives.

What do you think? Are you a locavore with opinions worthy of political support? Are you a local grower who has discovered a better way?

Get busy, KC... let our representatives know how long-term subsidies for "conventional" agriculture have weakened and enslaved the average farmer. Let them know how large-scale food producers with "addictions" to petro-chemical inputs (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, etc.) and GMO and GE crop "solutions" are becoming more and more dependent upon destructive, polluting and increasingly unreliable fossil-fuel delivery systems, and that they (the vast majority of our growers) deserve the chance to make a more-affordable, long-term transition to natural, organic and sustainable methodologies.

Fight corporate intrusion, folks - the BIG oil companies have had their day. The cleanup is underway, but it will take decades to complete it. We just don't need to bankrupt and pollute our agricultural systems, our people and our country in order to prop up corporate profits - we definitely need to stop selling ourselves short and take a stand for sustainability measures that will carry us into the next century. Let's work to promote *those* concepts and keep moving forward - let's find ways to send our own message to the organizers of the National Summit of Rural America, and see what happens.

Dave Lawrence - KC Food Circle


~~~ press release provided below for reference purposes ~~~

Senator Roberts to the President: Consider Policy Effects on Rural America

May 06 2010

Senator Roberts to the President: Consider Policy Effects on Rural  America

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts today joined Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and other key Western state Senators in sending a letter to the President to consider the negative consequences of policies that especially penalize rural America.

The letter, sent today, was signed by members of the Senate Western Caucus. The following is the text of the letter:

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We urge you to utilize the National Summit of Rural America to be held June 3, 2010 as a turning point for this Administration. For too long, the agenda has been dominated by policies that burden rural communities with higher energy costs, greater federal intrusion, and decreased access to the lands we cherish. This summit offers an opportunity to replace restrictive Washington mandates with policies that create jobs and promote economic growth.

The Administration has repeatedly placed bureaucratic hurdles in rural communities. In January 2010, the Department of the Interior announced onshore oil and gas leasing reforms that will increase bureaucracy, stifle job creation, and hurt states’ budgets. The Department is also considering locking up at least 13 million acres of land in 11 western states. Moving forward with plans to deny access to public lands for economic and recreational use will have severe consequences for rural America’s way of life and its economic future.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to reach even further into the lives of rural Americans. Its Endangerment Finding will allow EPA to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from schools, hospitals, farms, and many other small businesses. EPA’s command-and-control regulatory approach will impose massive new energy costs on all aspects of the rural way of life. The EPA also advocates complete federal regulation of all waters in every state, from prairie potholes to puddles and playas. This allows the federal government to inject itself into rural life like never before. Furthermore, EPA’s new regulation of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers will have wide spread negative effects on food production and rural income. EPA’s regulations will hurt job growth and stifle economic recovery in rural areas.

The Administration’s policies for production agriculture increase risk on family farms. The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed cuts to critical programs that benefit farmers, ranchers and rural communities. The Department increasingly directs funds and policy away from conventional agricultural production that feeds the vast majority of Americans and the growing global population. Instead, the Administration focuses on urban niche markets and hobby farmers. Finally, the Administration’s refusal to promote existing trade agreements or reform the death tax harms rural America. Our farmers and ranchers supply the safest, most abundant, most affordable and high quality food system in the world. The Administration should abandon policies that erode agriculture production and threaten rural communities.

As Senators from states with strong rural communities, we encourage you to take a hard look at the effect of Administration policies. We also request that you meet with us to discuss the many issues facing rural America. Folks in our rural communities know that federal regulations will not create jobs or get the economy back on track. Instead, Washington should get out of the way so that rural Americans can grow their businesses, create new jobs, and provide for their families and communities.

Sincerely,
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)
Senator Bob Bennett (R-UT)
Senator John Ensign (R-NV)
Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY)
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE)
Senator John McCain (R-AZ)
Senator Jim Risch (R-ID)
Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Senator John Thune (R-SD)

Last week, Senator Roberts, Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Senator McCain sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack concerned that in the interest of promoting local food systems through the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” program, the Department of Agriculture appears to be prioritizing locavore projects in urban areas, apparently at the expense of production agriculture and rural communities with documented rural development needs.

In the letter, dated April 27, 2010, the Senators said:

“While the concept of educating consumers about production agriculture is a worthwhile endeavor, we have serious misgivings about the direction of the Know Your Farmers program.
“Unfortunately, this spending doesn’t appear geared toward conventional farmers who produce the vast majority of our nation’s food supply, but is instead aimed at small, hobbyist and organic producers whose customers generally consist of affluent patrons at urban farmers markets.

“American families and rural farmers are hurting in today’s economy, and it’s unclear to us how propping up the urban locavore markets addresses their needs. Given our nation’s crippling budgetary crisis, we also believe the federal government cannot afford to spend precious Rural Development funds on feel-good measures which are completely detached from the realities of production agriculture.”

Senator Roberts is a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and is an outspoken advocate for rural America.

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