Volume 14, Issue 42 ~ October 19 - October 25, 2006

Letters to the Editor

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Seeking Late-Season Local Produce

Dear Bay Weekly:

I know it’s late in the year, but after reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, the spinach scare, our first year in our garden in Edgewater and general concern about the environment and the Bay (we live off Almshouse Creek and are so worried about the fish, kayaking, our dog jumping in the water), I was wondering if you knew of any resources or individuals who can help my wife and me get in touch with local farm delivery. This is pretty common in California, but I can’t find anything about it here. We frequent the farmers market and will continue to do so.

Thanks for your help.

—Jasen Farmer, Edgewater

Editor’s reply: You’ll be glad to know that it may not be too late. Some community-sponsored farms grow winter crops, including spinach and other greens. The place to get connected with farm culture in our region is So Maryland So Good, which calls itself a “campaign helping consumers identify Southern Maryland products and buy accordingly.” Find So Maryland So Good at www.somarylandsogood.com.

Whoa, Dobbin!

Dear Bay Weekly:

The Eastern Shore is about the only place left that has relative serenity along the Mid-Atlantic Coast.

Taking a canoe or kayak ride in the clear waters of Remington Farms near Chestertown, Blackwater near Cambridge, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge or Prime Hook near the Delaware beaches is one of life’s great pleasures. But that’s changing and may be lost unless deep consideration is given to development rules.

Crisfield is being developed at break-neck speed. Easton and Chestertown have already slipped past their quaintness and Lord knows the Rehoboth-Lewes area in Delaware has become a parking lot on weekends. Thousands of homes are proposed near the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge.

The result: Traffic jams that last for hours; algae that blossoms in our surf and in the canals along which we live and costs for our basic needs that are spiraling out of control.

Who will provide the phone service to these people, the reliable internet service? Who provides the electric to all of these places at reasonable costs; the potable water, natural gas, roadways, police protection, fire protection?

Whoa, Dobbin! Let’s rein in and take stock of where we’re heading!

— David Bonar, Dover, Del.

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