—by Naomi Jackson

—by Meredith Sommers

—by Kathryn Tempas

The Deli Team has been creating some exciting new sandwiches and salads to add a little variety and seasonality to the menu.

Produce manager Melissa Lindholm reports that in mid-August we can expect a variety of locally grown muskmelon and watermelon, as well as red bell peppers.

—by Monica Rojas

Tahini or tahina is a paste made from ground hulled sesame seeds. Tahini has been around for a very long time. The first written documentation is in a cuneiform document written 4,000 years ago, which talks about the custom of serving the gods a form of sesame wine. Historian Herodotus wrote about cultivating sesame 3,500 years ago by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, where it was mainly used as a source of oil. Tahini is mentioned by name in a hummus kasa, a recipe in an anonymous 13th-century Arabic cookbook called Kitab Wasf al-Atima al-Mutada.

Think spring when you make a food shelf donation and include garden seeds, ready-to-go drinks, and portable, healthful snack foods.

Ongoing needs include canned goods (meat, soup, fruit, and vegetables); rice, beans, and pasta; boxed dinners and baking mixes; cooking supplies such as oil, flour, and sugar. Personal care items are also needed: bar soap, shampoo, deodorant, laundry detergent, paper products, and toothbrushes.

Donations from your home cupboard are welcome as long as seals are intact and the product is not out of date. The food shelf is not able to accept bulk items that you packed at the store, or home-canned foods.

—by Roxy Bergeron, HPC volunteer

Is it too dramatic to call it cancer, this insidious affliction pursuing citrus trees?

Fruit warps into impossible green bitter phantoms of what they might have been, raining from a tree in despair, lying by the dozen on the ground. The tree itself becomes stunted, with deformed roots and yellowed leaves, rife with the lethal bacteria that invaded its phloem—its vascular system—months or even years before. It’s a not-so-subtle end-stage failure, with nothing to be done but thank a tree for its years of fragrant delicious yields, then destroy it.

—by Margot Monson

A Review of Fifty Shades of Kale: 50 Fresh and Satisfying Recipes That Are Bound to Please
by Drew Ramsey, M.D., and Jennifer Iserloh

—reviewed by Nicole Infinity

—by Naomi Jackson, Membership Coordinator

Insects in this issue

The first article I ever wrote for this newsletter was about bees. That was fifteen years ago. Since then, I’ve developed an insect- friendly herb garden, become a bee keeper, written bee poetry, and now am turning my attention to the issues that threaten the survival of our pollinating insects.

In this issue, Margot Monson and Roxy Bergeron provide information and resources for you to insure that your home garden does no harm to beneficial insects and to address the wider issues of toxic pesticides and habitat loss. You can also buy insect-friendly seeds and plants at our co-op.

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