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Did You Know – National CSA Day and More

February 28, 2015
Banner for National CSA Day

Banner for National CSA Day

It’s been a busy day here with warmer weather following the cold we’ve been having. Today was designated national CSA day – supporting those who, like us, have offerings for Community Supported Agriculture. For the weekend, we’re offering a special FREE book to help folks make the most of their CSA share and beyond the share. Also take a minute if you’re out of our area and consider a sponsorship – this makes food and shares available to those who need, but cannot afford, the food shares. There is at least one family in line for this and half of the share is covered.

Ready for some odds and ends tips and tricks? Get eggs now for Easter use. Fresh eggs are hard to peel – if you get eggs now, and they have a couple of weeks to sit in the fridge, they should peel easier. Don’t continuously boil the water – if you get it boiling and turn the heat off, the yolks remain completely yellow. Some add a dash of vinegar to the pot. Cook eggs in water that is an inch over the eggs, letting the water come to a boil. Put the lid on the pot and move the pot to a cold burner. Set the timer for 18 minutes for extra large eggs, 15 minutes for large or 12 minutes for medium.

Add a tablespoon of vinegar to a bucket of warm water to wash windows on a cloudy day. This helps cut marks, insects and stains, but if in sun the glass dries too quickly. leaving streaks. Wash from the inside using up and down strokes and outside using side to side – it’s easy then to tell if the streak is inside or outside to fix it.

Packing for travel? Fold knit tops and place in large zipper lock plastic bags. Put toiletry items in a gallon zipper bag to speed through check-in. Roll shirts, pants and underwear together, packing by outfits so it’s easy to reach in for an outfit. Pack jeans on the outside, with more delicate fabrics on the inside, topped with jeans or coat on the top layer.

Learn by doing - from home building to many other tasks. Volunteer.

Learn by doing – from home building to many other tasks. Volunteer.

Want to learn construction or carpentry skills but can’t afford classes? Help with a Habitat for Humanity crew building homes hands on and learn by doing.

Go to schools where students provide services with supervision – these things can be varied from haircuts at beauty schools to dental work, meals, dog grooming and more. Some vet schools even offer care for the experience – such as spaying an animal or diagnosing and treating various conditions.

Reuse old gift cards by cutting into fancy shapes and using as gift cards.

Want to learn another language? There may be someone who speaks that language looking to learn English. Connect with someone and both learn.

Did you know that a rabbit can first be mated at about six months old, and has 5-6 years for breeding with good care? Gestation is 31 days but can range commonly from 30-32. Properly referred to as doe and buck, for female and male specifically. Doe and buck is also used to refer to goats, who are normally bred at 85-90 pounds or about 10 months old, with a 150 day gestation.

A domestic goose may live up to 20 years in captivity, longer than other poultry. Poultry have different incubation periods – chickens are 21 days, ducks 26-32 days, geese 30-34 days.

How’s your Saturday trivia? Learning new things is good! Even on National CSA Day.

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