Thursday, September 22, 2011

A few Odds and Ends from the Lettuce Link World

Mmm, the perfect sandwich for a September lunch
On the delicious food front:
Our friends at Homegrown just introduced a new seasonal sandwich, and ten percent of the proceeds benefit Lettuce Link!  Get yourself to one of their stores in Fremont, Capitol Hill or Queen Anne and try the Turkey + Red Pepper Relish sandwich.  If you are not a turkey-lover, purchase the seasonal sandwich for that special someone in your life, and then check out their delicious variety of other sandwiches for yourself, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.  While at Homegrown, you can also admire (or purchase!) the beautiful photography on the walls, taken by our own dedicated Marra Farm volunteer Steve Tracy.  That bare wall in your kitchen really needs a matted photo of red tomatoes to brighten up the gray days.  

On the pole-picker front:
A volunteer with Lettuce Link's Community Fruit Tree Harvest has an apple-picking adventure.

On the advocacy front: 
Our friends at the Magnuson Children's Garden brought our attention to potential cuts at the Magnuson Community Center.  Their upcoming Fall Harvest Celebration is one of many events and programs put on the center that are now in jeopardy of being cut.  

Governor Gregoire called for a special session of the legislature and more than $2 billion in budget cuts.  It's going to be a long and brutal session - be sure to contact your legislators in the upcoming weeks about the issues most important to you and your community.  

Food Lifeline urges you to contact Senator Patty Murray, one of 12 people on the new Federal Joint Committee charged with creating a plan to reduce the federal deficit, urging her to protect vital programs, including SNAP (also known as food stamps).  

On the Icelandic travel front:
A former Lettuce Link intern was recently awarded a Watson Fellowship to "study how local food systems in Madagascar, Greece, India and Iceland support a sense of geographical and ecological stability, create community ties and place a country in a global context."  We're not completely sure what that entails, but are definitely enjoying reading her blog and learning about Icelandic cuisine as she travels through the country and visits fish processing plants, sheep farmers, dairies and more.

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