Fresh Greens on the market
The greens are really at their Fall peak right now, and between the various local farmers I found a lot this morning:
From Woodson Ridge Farms, I got carrot, radish, beet, and turnip tops, along with arugula. I missed their lettuce.
From the Bost Farms at MidTown shopping center (sadly, the last market of the Fall), I got mustard greens and spinach.
From Flora Farms at Midtown, I got Swiss chard.
From Hollowell, who has taken to parking a pick-up truck just north of the three-way intersection, I got collards and kale.
I’ve got bunching onions in the yard and will buy some cabbage, lettuce, Italian parsley, along with some brisket from the Brown Family Farm, garlic from Flora (how many dishes have thirteen local ingredients?), and sausage Joyce brought back from West Louisiana to make this, something I ordinarily make in the Spring.
|From the Food Desert Locator brought to you by the United States Department of Agriculture|
The HFFI working group defines a food desert as a low-income census tract where a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store:
To qualify as a “low-income community,” a census tract must have either: 1) a poverty rate of 20 percent or higher, OR 2) a median family income at or below 80 percent of the area’s median family income;
To qualify as a “low-access community,” at least 500 people and/or at least 33 percent of the census tract’s population must reside more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store (for rural census tracts, the distance is more than 10 miles).
|Dining options at Ole Miss|
- What is the definition of “large” in this context? Is it proportional to population size? Even if you combine Oxford’s permanent resident population with the on-campus population, how many grocery stores can Oxford support?
- Why one mile? Or 10? At best this seems arbitrary. At worst it reflects an assumption that one mile is a really really big distance, which it might be if you don’t have a vehicle (i.e., if you are accustomed to using public transportation to scoot around D.C.).
- Why supermarkets? Why not canvas all available food access locations? “… who has taken to parking a pick-up truck just north of the three-way intersection… .” Again, there are some underlying assumptions at work.
On a related note, did you know that the quality of my life is low because I live more than 10 miles from the Getty Museum?