Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Thinking about some of the things that go as summer goes, Kale comes instantly to mind. We have been living with kale for several months now, like an Uncle or Aunt who came to town, moved in and stayed for months. My first stop every at every Greenmarket is for kale. I used to buy kale, now I secure it. Even though a few different farmers know we need large amounts and set some aside just for the bakery, I take only so much comfort with that. My market really begins once the kale has been positively secured, at which point I can think about the rest of the shopping to be done. 

How much kale do we use? These are crazy numbers, I do believe. 
Ten cases at one Greenmarket day won't even last the day. Twelve cases gets us some reserve. Fourteen or more, and there's breathing room. 

Those are the numbers four times each week, or at least they have been since June. 
And how many people do we serve the City Bakery Kale Salad to every day?
Between 18th Street and five Birdbaths, the number climbs safely into the hundreds. 


Monday, August 27, 2012


A report based on satellite surveys this past weekend by the National Snow and Ice Data Center and NASA reveals dire but not surprising news. Excerpts below from the full story in the Times:

The amount of sea ice in the Arctic has fallen to the lowest level on record, a confirmation of the drastic warming in the region and a likely harbinger of larger changes to come.

The amount of sea ice in summer has declined more than 40 percent since satellite tracking began in the late 1970s, a trend that most scientists believe is primarily a consequence of human activity.
“It’s hard even for people like me to believe, to see that climate change is actually doing what our worst fears dictated,” said Jennifer A. Francis, a Rutgers University scientist who studies the effect of sea ice on weather patterns. “It’s starting to give me chills, to tell you the truth.”
Scientific forecasts based on computer modeling have long suggested that a time will come when the Arctic will be completely free of ice in the summer, perhaps by the middle of the century. This year’s prodigious melting is lending credibility to more pessimistic analyses that it may come much sooner, perhaps by the end of the decade.
Its getting to be time when I'd like to see that distinguished group of media who call climate change a hoax go stand on the thinnest part of the Arctic ice and broadcast their nightly news.

Our neighbor, Paragon Sports, is ready for the U.S. Open.