Archive for June, 2009

The One-Straw Revolution

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

“I was aiming at a pleasant, natural way of farming which results in making the work easier instead of harder. ‘How about not doing this?’ ‘How about not doing that?’—that was my way of thinking.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, in The One-Straw Revolution.

Over on the Good Magazine blog, Peter Smith talks about this classic book and briefly examines this author’s individualistic philosophy of farming, extending it into the world of the kitchen. This important book has long been out of print, and sadly unavailable. But now the NYRB Press has brought it back for us, with an introduction by Wendell Berry. Michael Pollan called it, “one of the founding documents of the alternative food movement, and indispensable to anyone hoping to understand the future of food and agriculture.”

Out on a Limb: Apple CSA

Monday, June 15th, 2009

From Super Chilly Farm in Palermo Maine – A chance to taste and learn about the rare and interesting apples being grown in Maine, and support their continued cultivation.

Rabelais is very proud to announce the inauguration of the first apple CSA in Maine, to be distributed from our store.


Starting September 2nd, every other Wednesday and ending November 11th, heirloom and unusual modern apples harvested from four orchards in central Maine will be driven down to Rabelais Books in Portland.

· Each share will include 30-40 varieties of rare, interesting and highly flavored apples over the course of the season with a wide range of uses, appearances, histories and tastes. Each week you will receive a mix of dessert apples (apples meant to be eaten fresh) and culinary apples. We will make sure you have enough of the culinary varieties to cook something with them. Some of the varieties will be organically grown, others conventionally.

· Each bi-weekly delivery of at least 1/4 bushel (approx. 10 #) will be accompanied by a newsletter with descriptions, history, tidbits and lore about each variety, as well as recipes and ideas for how to best use them. The cost for a share is $120.

· Orders will be available to pick up at Rabelais from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Wednesdays (9/2, 16, 30, 10/14, 28 & 11/11). Shares will be held at Rabelais until Thursday at 5:00, unless other arrangements are made.

If you are interested you should sign up soon, shares are limited! To sign up send a check to : Out on A Limb CSA, 167 Turner Mill Pond Rd, Palermo Maine, 04354. Include your name, snail mail address, phone and email address with your check, which should be made out to Out on a Limb.

If you have more questions you can email:, or call us at the store.


“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.”
Mark Twain