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  1. Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin

  2. Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm's cash flow

  3. Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

  4. Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits

  5. Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking

  6. Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season

  7. Find that kids typically favor food from "their" farm - even veggies they've never been known to eat

  8. Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

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  1. I hope everybody had a wonderful long weekend – I know I did! We had some relatives visiting from out of town, and we had a good time showing them some popular Chicago landmarks (ahem, Navy Pier!). And of course, I had to make some new dishes for them to try: namely, stuffed grape leaves! They turned out delicious! I will be posting the recipe in a day or two, but first, I’d like to share some pictures and information about the Green Festival that Sherif and I attended the weekend before with some friends (I like to work in chronological order, haha…)

  2. And… here comes the jewelry: fair-trade, handmade, and colorful. Aren’t these bracelets lovely?


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