That's why we live here.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
That's why we live here.
Here in the Puget Sound region, we are admittedly weather wimps. We are truly pathetic when it comes to, well, really any temperature outside the 65' - 75' range. We whine about how much it rains, but the minute it stops, our brows furrow.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I've just joined the legions of local "subject matter experts" on the Seattle version of Examiner.com as the Tacoma Healthy Food Examiner. I'll be writing 4-5 brief posts each week on food, farming, the Tacoma culinary scene, and delicious ways to use what's fresh at your local farmers market now.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
At the height of summer, when it's really rockin', your local FM feels like a summer picnic where the best foods and all your friends come together and bask in sun and goodness...
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Spending much of the past 2 weeks inside the cool clean relatively quiet confines of the giant coffee purveyor has admittedly been a guilty pleasure. For one who evangelizes the need to shop local, I guess I could make the argument that the global conglomerate is technically a local company, but I think we would all agree that that would be pushing the envelope a bit. Nonetheless, with my loaded up (red) card - a percentage of all purchases finding its way to humanitarian aid in Africa - and my free and easy wi-fi, I can drop Dylan off each morning, head to my favored locale just blocks away, and tippy-type the morning away with need of neither cash nor office. Very seductive indeed.
Starbucks wipes name from Seattle location
Starbucks to open 3 non-Starbucks Seattle stores, may bring pilot program to other cities
- By Lauren Shepherd, AP Business Writer
- On Thursday July 16, 2009, 4:40 pm EDT
NEW YORK (AP) -- Starbucks Corp. said Thursday it is wiping its name from one of its Seattle-area stores and adding alcohol to the menu.
The Seattle-based gourmet coffee chain said it is changing the name of one of its existing stores in its hometown to a name that reflects the neighborhood location. The store will be called 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea. It will open next week and will serve coffee and tea as well as wine and beer.
The company said it will then open two more Seattle-area stores without the Starbucks name in locations that aren't currently Starbucks stores.
The chain said if the rethought coffee shop is a success it will consider replicating it in other cities.
"It's interesting," said Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy, "especially since the Starbucks brand has been such an integral part of their success."
Hottovy said he thinks the Starbucks brand still "resonates" with those who drink coffee regularly. But, he added, with the recession now in its second year, the brand may be struggling more because it is considered "premium," and therefore expensive, by consumers.
The company has been unable in recent months to keep its sales growing as more consumers cut out small luxuries to save money. Starbucks is slated to report its fiscal third quarter financial results on Tuesday and analysts have largely predicted another same-store sales decline, particularly, in particular, that competition with lower-priced rivals like McDonald's Corp. has heated up.
McDonald's has been rolling out its own line of espresso-based drinks to all of its 14,000 U.S. locations and has been heavily promoting the beverages.
Andrew Hetzel, the founder of coffee consulting group Cafemakers, said Starbucks may also be renaming its stores to provide a testing ground for changes and, possibly, to bring in a new brand of consumer.
"It looks to me that they are testing a specialty sub-brand to see if they can capture some other segment of the market that would otherwise be disillusioned by a large corporate chain," Hetzel said, adding that opening only one at first "gives them a live shop to test changes in menu offerings, store design and, perhaps, procedures quickly" without disrupting operating stores branded with the Starbucks name.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Freshly-dug and scrubbed french fingerling and red thumb potatoes ready to be tossed with extra virgin olive oil, a clove or two of minced garlic, a small fistful of Herbes des Provence, and a pinch of salt and roasted in a 425' oven until just beginning to crisp - about 15 minutes.
Though not at the farm much, I am still determined to snap a few pix of this awe-inspiring bounty we call the 2009 garden. Presenting: Cauliflower!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
It's Week 2 in the city and as I look back I see that I am writing precious little about the farm and probably too much about politics, family, and self. But, this in itself is a not unimportant lesson to share about farming - no matter how much you love what you do, everybody needs a break now and then. I'd venture to assert that this is more true relative to farming than to almost anything else because of the sort of relentless nature of this particular beast.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
For most of July, Mark and I are essentially switching roles. He does a lot of his work at home these days in any case, but Dylan has a gig all day every day in Seattle, and I am juggling a combination of commuting and crashing at a city friend's house to make it all work. So, Mark is for now chiefly responsible for animal health and safety and garden and tree survival.