Hey, Everyone! Bob Cat here – Main Street Farms’ co-owner, farm manager, and lead educator. When my good friend Allan asked me to come help him start Main Street Farms 5 years ago, my main incentive to come aboard was…THE FOOD. I had little farm experience back then, but I had been eating my whole life and cooking almost just as long. Coming from an Italian background, I learned at an early age the value of good food made from real, natural ingredients. I couldn’t have dessert until I finished my veggies, so I quickly learned to love veggies. I have been dating a vegan for almost 2 years now, so my love of veggies (and ability to grow them in abundance) has really come in handy. Still, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by all the veggies. It’s important to keep it simple. Every item that comes in your CSA box can easily be broken down into 2 categories: SALAD or STIR FRY. Ask yourself: “Do I feel like cooking tonight?” If yes, fire up the wok (or large frying pan), sauté some veggies, add your protein of choice, and make some rice or noodles. Not in the mood to cook? Start chopping whatever is available, toss it on top of some lettuce, and you’ve got a salad! Speaking of proteins, I love meat as much as the next person, but there are a lot of other options out there if you are getting tired of always deciding between beef, chicken, pork, lamb, or fish. Try substituting some tofu, tempeh, seitan, beans, falafel, or other protein/meat substitute. Throughout this week, I’ll be sharing some simple meal ideas that are common in my rotation: greens and beans, hummus and veggie wraps, taco salad, fresh rolls, curried lentils, spiralized squash “pasta,” chili, nachos, sushi, falafel, pita pizza, and cucumber-tomato salad. Expect rough outlines of how I make these dishes – I’m not much of a recipe follower; I just follow my stomach, so I apologize if I’m not very specific with quantities. Most of these are made vegetarian but can easily be made with your meat of choice. Hope you enjoy!
It’s time for another introduction, but sadly, this one is also a farewell. Jonny will be leaving us in just a few short weeks, but that’s no excuse to not say hello before he leaves for his next adventure! Jonathan “Jonny Boy” Childs is a nomadic wanderer and musician. This is his second season with the farm and he has deeply enjoyed having the opportunity to witness its transformative transition to Reed’s Seeds. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Temple University for Mechanical Engineering, he opted against pursuing an engineering career primarily due an increasing aversion to staring at computer screens and the pull of other interests. Instead, he has pursued an eclectic mix of professions including: carpentry, childcare, party hosting, ATM repair, and of course, farming. Jonny Boy loves farming because of the space it creates for singing, deep philosophical conversation, time outside in all weather, connecting with the community, meditation, and the sharing of deeply nourishing food. He also fronts the farm band, Local Farmers Union and has had a blast playing around town. Jonathan has been a songwriter since he was thirteen and has written hundreds of songs to date. He performs solo under the name Elijah Wild, and rough sketches of his most recent creations can be heard at soundcloud.com/elijahwild. In the next month or two, Jonny will be taking what he has learned on the road as his travels continue. Make sure to wish him a fond farewell when you see him. He has been a vital part of our team and will be greatly missed. Fun Facts: Birthplace – Auckland, New Zealand Spirit Animal – Bob Dylan Spirit Vegetable – Brussel Sprout Favorite Farm Tool – Linear Hoe Favorite Farm Job – Tractor Driving During Transplanting Favorite Thing About Being a Farmer – Being Outside in All Weather Favorite Past Job – Birthday Party Host Favorite Meal to Cook – Blanched Kale Words of Wisdom – Endure and let joy arise naturally.