by Kathy Humiston, WSGC Staff
Have you ever found yourself wishing you could leave the hectic 9-to-5 craziness and move to the country? Wander out to the garden to harvest really fresh food for dinner? Feel as though the work you do is meaningful? John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist of Inn Serendipity near Monroe have taken the plunge and done those things within the past decade. Their new book Rural Renaissance takes us into their journey to sustainability and right livelihood as innkeepers and creative entrepreneurs. You will be engaged from the start as you learn about the green renovation of their farmhouse, the trials and tribulations of learning to garden on a scale that provides most of their annual food supply, the joys of parenting in this rural haven. The chapter on energy independence has plenty of info to start you thinking of your own “independence day,” including lots of resources. Each chapter is sprinkled with “how to” sections so you can make some of their ideas your own. Whether you are seriously thinking of homesteading or just an armchair dreamer like me, you will find much to inspire you in Rural Renaissance—we’ll help by giving you a 15% discount this month. And, John’s photography graces both the cover next month’s Reader as well as the Community Room walls starting in October. Be sure to check them out.
In honor of co-ops everywhere let me point you to The Co-op Cookbook by Rosemary Fifield. This book grew out of the “What’s for Supper” program at the Co-op Food Stores in Hanover and Lebanon, New Jersey. This program provides co-op shoppers with a weekly dinner recipe that utilizes fresh foods and quick, simple preparation-recipes are designed to be ready in about 30 minutes and are low-fat and tasty showcases for seasonal produce. The ingredients are all commonly available here at Willy Street Co-op, too. Each meal category includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian offerings. The book also includes a chapter on the history and principles of cooperatives. The Co-op Food Stores of Hanover and Lebanon have been customer-owned and -operated since 1936, making them one the country’s oldest consumer cooperatives!
Be sure to take a look at the new third revision of Asparagus to Zucchini, the terrific cookbook produced by the Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition (MACSAC). This newest edition has 330 new recipes and 100% original recipes from local produce growers and CSA members. The thorough reference info on each veggie is still there, as well as basic cooking and storage tips. This book is considered by many to be a kitchen essential and makes a terrific gift for anyone who appreciates excellent food.
If you are taking advantage of the homeopathy workshop in the Community Room this month, you may be interested to know that we carry several books on the subject. A few of the most popular are Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines, Homeopathic Medicine for Children and Adults and Homeopathic Medicine at Home.
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