It’s 2012, and it’s time for Menards to update the old stock photos to include men canning. Maybe you don’t think men can can. Yes, we can. Agridudes are here to stay. And by god we are purchasing the canning kits that are on sale. Your blatant sexism cannot stop us in our inexorable march towards freedom, jams, and jellies!
Hey readers, I’m the Agridad on this blog. Maybe not the only dad, but I don’t know the other ‘dudes yet. Maybe we should go disc golfing (I’m not a ball golfer). As a dad I’ll try to keep my life wisdom to myself, and just stick to all things Agridude. No promises though. My first post has been a long time coming, but the Agridad has been busy. I had to get a babysitter just to write this post. Not really. Here’s me with my oldest (Eva) and my new toolbox. Never had a toolbox before last weekend. That’s me – Nick.
My posts are going to be a little different since I am lacking a vital component most Agridudes possess: a garden. Though, I should add that I have some plants on my balcony and giving a shot at growing tomato plants this year. I live in a condo in the Minneapolis North Loop neighborhood with my wife and two ilttle girls (1 and 4 y.o.). I do 99% of the cooking and food planning/shopping in my house. This year I decided to add a new wrinkle to our eating process by signing up for a CSA. So, my focus on the blog will be how I use my CSA shares weekly, share some recipes, photos, etc. with an emphasis on minimizing waste and learning to work with what you have. Later in the season I will document my attempts to learn the fine arts of food preservation, hopefully culminating in an Agridude canning party.
I want to share a photo of the CSA share this week, the quantity is really picking up after mostly greens the first few weeks. Can’t wait to watch this thing grow in the coming weeks. I’m glad to be here Agridudes, thanks for having me!