I apologize for completely neglecting you ever since the end of VeganMoFo. I just got so caught up in life and other goings on that I (yes, I’ll admit it) basically forgot about you. But no more! Yesterday I moved into Vegan House, starting my three-month internship at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY. I currently don’t have any way of uploading photos, but I hope to rectify that shortly so that I can keep you all fully updated with what’s going on down at the farm. As for now though, you’ll have to just deal with my words alone.
I am currently living in a small house with 4 other interns, all of whom are vegan. One housemate just made some “pasta et cetera” salad for lunch, which was really good. It had of tri-color rotini, mushrooms, spinach, kale, almonds, and some soy cheese. I really need to get down to the grocery store to purchase some produce to cook with.
This morning we had our orientation. Don, the intern coordinator, came and told us all the basics of living up here and then walked us around the farm to show us where everything was. I’m so excited to be working directly with animals, but it is f***ing cold outside!! Also, I seem to have already come down with a cold so I’ve been pumping myself full of Emergen-C’s. Mel, my coworker at the health food store back home, would be proud.
That’s all I have for now, but I’ll be sure to update with stories and hopefully photos from the farm!
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The other day I was at work and noticed something new and different on our produce manager’s cart. I asked her what they were, and she told me they were kiwi berries and told me to try one. So I opened the package and picked one out, wondering how to eat this little thing… was I supposed to just pop it in my mouth? It looked like a little, fuzzless kiwi, and most people don’t eat the skins of kiwi.
But Mel told me to just eat the whole thing, so I bit into it and it looked just like a miniature kiwi… tasted like one, too. The berries were a little underripe, so it was tart like a kiwi, though once they ripen they become sweeter.
Mel then told me that she had ordered them on a whim, without asking our boss, and he was a little annoyed about this. So I decided I’d buy a package and took it upon myself to get other people to buy some too so that the boss couldn’t have anything to complain about. They weren’t hard to sell, because people saw something new and unusual in the produce case and were eager to try it out. In fact, when I went back to work today I wanted to buy some more but we were all sold out! Take that, Mr. Skeptic Boss Man.
I decided to look kiwi berries up online, since I had never heard of them before, and see what kind of nutritious value they had. The label on the package called them a “nutrient-dense superfruit,” so I wanted to find out just what they meant by that.
According to oregonlive.com,
“a 6-ounce portion contains significant amounts of 20 nutrients, including twice the vitamin E of an avocado, with only 60 percent of the calories. They have five times the vitamin C of an orange and more potassium than bananas. Kiwi berries are also high in fiber and rich in folic acid.”
Wow! If Mel decides to order more, I will definitely buy some to cut up and put on top of pancakes.
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