Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Need-a-Bag? project update 06.21.08

Note: The Need-a-Bag? project was created to promote sustainable bagging at the Hwy 441 Alachua County Farmer's Market each Saturday morning. We supply reusable tote bags reclaimed from thrift stores and garage sales. The Need-a-Bag? project also utilizes old tank tops as tote bags by sewing up the bottoms (these are called t-totes). We invite you to read the other posts on the project by clicking the "Need-a-Bag? Project" label at the bottom of this post.

So, this week we put out only 10 bags -- DG had just come back from NYC and we just didn't have a chance to go shopping for more. But it was a Farmer's Market Miracle, because some kind soul or souls put out 9 extra bags for the shopping day! It was so amazing and heart-warming and I felt like I was in the third act of a Lifetime Original Movie. Thank you, Friend or Friends of Need-a-Bag? Project!

Newly elevated Need-a-Bag? Project Associate Stacey did a nice write-up of the Saturday farmer's market experience at her blog, yecats gniwe, and provided a recipe and picture for baked rigatoni that looks really yummy (I haven't had breakfast, yet, but I could definintely chow on some baked rigatoni right now). Anyway, it was a pleasure to have her help and companionship while we politely pushed and shoved our way through the crowded marketplace (paraphrasing Stace).

Speaking of yummy meals, I finally baked the spaghetti squash and made the casserole with meat sauce. I tossed the spaghetti squash strands in a hot pan with olive oil and garlic before placing in the lasagna dish and adding the pasta sauce with browned beef (and topping with parmesan). I baked mine uncovered for about 15 minutes although some recipes call for a light aluminum cover. I don't think you can really go wrong with this recipe, though, and it was a hit with the old man, who declared it "squash we can believe in!"

Got the pic of some yummy rigatoni from yecats gniwe
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