These regular customers are just one of the reasons that I DO what I do! They come to check out what I’ve got on tap, then report back to mama who gives them money to shop. What is not to love? Right!!! Strawberries, mango, blueberries and kiwi found a home this weekend. Thank you to you ALL that shopped at Daily Organics this weekend. Thank you for making us a part of your day!!
Rosco’s gas gage doesn’t work..and I knew I was pushing it when I decided to make a dash to the ice stand, gearing up for tomorrow’s sale. I’m sitting in the left turn lane at the inner section of Crenshaw and Jefferson when my engine stalled. It did this three times..you know what that means..I ran out of gas.
I get out of the truck and tell the driver behind me that my truck has stalled and I’m going to push it across the street into the Chevron station..Those that have been in similar situations know that people get pissy when you stall out..this woman seemed to be quite understanding. So, I get out, put the truck in neutral and start pushing and trying to steer at the same time. My head is down pushing hard because I’ve got to make a sharp left through the intersection and hopefully into the driveway without hitting anything.
I look up, and a woman appears on the passenger side helping me to push the truck. She had been crossing the street with her children and told them to go ahead and wait on the corner: “I’m going to help this lady.” We push the truck into the gas station only after realizing that my filler is on the side of the station’s tank priced for full service. By this time the woman who had been driving the car behind me in the intersection is now in the gas station offering to help turn the truck around for the cheaper gas. Another woman who had been watching this whole scene unfold hollered out,” I got five dollars!!!” Another yelled out, “I’ve got six dollars!” They wanted me to stay put and fill up the tank!
We all hugged and laughed remarking on how wonderful we all felt helping each other and how it should be! Amazing end to a great afternoon selling Organic Produce! These lovely women are my Shero’s today…REAL Sista’s DOING it for ourselves!! By the way..I did get my ice and I’m all ready for Sunday!!! See you in the hood!!!
Vera is my neighbor who is challenged with late stage dementia. Just a little back story: The gentleman in the image is Jack, not just an ordinary Jack, but a rather extraordinary man. For many years he owned a successful clothing manufacturing company in downtown L.A. Vera was his production manager and worked side by side with Jack building his company…over 30 years!
Needless to say Vera was one of his most valued employees, in fact the backbone of his thriving business. Vera had to leave the company due to symptoms related to her later diagnosed dementia. Vera had many problems associated with her illness and was not getting the care and attention she deserved or needed. She was alone and facing a myriad of devastating alternatives.
Jack reached out to Vera and became the executor of her care. He has dedicated the last five years (full time) taking care of ALL of Vera’s needs…exercise, walks when she could walk, outings, medical appointments, cleaning, healthy food, feedings, therapy… caregiving round the clock..only the best for Vera!
Surely she would have been dead by now having been abandoned by her sons, whose recourse was to call the police when Vera’s symptoms became violent. Jack is no ordinary Jack to be sure. Jack gets his organic produce for Vera from Daily Organics! Vera cannot eat solid food so Jack makes smoothies for Vera from the produce.
Another day in the neighborhood, not just any old neighborhood and not just any old neighbors! Love to you Vera and a hat tip to Jack!!!
When you get neighbors telling neighbors and friends… all kinds of wonderful things happen. Thank you Victoria Andersonn for bringing your friends from Sweden and New Zealand who I might add bought my organic kiwis! DO is doing it around the world… what an awesome day. I’ll see you all next weekend!
Cliff is a Los Angeles home grown from South Los Angeles during the 1920s. His love of the jazz scene on Central ave. earned him the moniker of “Satch,” after Louis Armstrong. Having completed service from the Armed Forces, Cliff trained for and became an electrical engineer. Working with his hands seemed his passion.
When I met Cliff over twenty years ago you would find him on any given day working in his well-appointed garage studio on client commissions crafting Japanese Shogi Screens to masterfully executed Arts and Crafts furniture.
On top of being an all around cool guy, this man puts down in the kitchen. I’ve never turned down a meal at Cliff’s when he asks if I’ve eaten. He seems to just create magic out of what’s in the fridge.
Last week Cliff made a pot of potato leek soup with yellow onions and butter cream potatoes from Daily Organics. He pureed his greens (kale and spinach) then froze them for later use.
When I deliver his box of veggies it a special treat and great time for lunch and catching up on what’s on our mind.
Cliff’s Potato Leek Soup
6 potatoes, peeled and cut into large pieces
8 leeks, whites only, thoroughly washed
3 stalks celery, roughly chopped
1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
1 bay leaf
2 quarts chicken stock
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 ounces (1 stick) melted butter
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
Salt and pepper
In a large pot, place potatoes, 4 of the leeks (reserving the rest), celery, onion, bay leaf and chicken stock and bring to a boil, about 15 minutes. Continue to boil until potatoes are soft. Chop the remaining 4 leeks. Mix flour and butter in small bowl to make a roux for thickening the soup. Add the remaining leeks, roux, cream, fresh thyme, and salt and pepper. Remove bay leaf. Using an immersion blender (or in batches in a blender or food processor), blend soup until smooth. Pour into a medium pot and simmer for 20 more minutes until soup has thickened and serve.
One of my neighbors launched Glam Girl Tutus.
I’m now an official glam girl wearing my knee length tutu! What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon prancing around and selling Organic produce to our Doers!!! A girl’s gotta have fun right?
Seriously, we had a great day, thank you all for braving the traffic of the L.A. Marathon! We are all winners!!
See you next week!!
Last Sunday was our first day selling our fresh Organic produce!
Thank you to Ian and all our neighbors who supported Daily Organic’s first day. We enjoyed chatting, exchanging recipes, and hearing what YOU want.
We’ll be back this Sunday with curly kale, crisp apples, delicious yams, succulent strawberries and much more.
Make sure to tell us what you want so we can order for you!
This past Sunday we launched Daily Organics with a wonderful gathering of friends and neighbors in the hood, enjoying fresh organic produce!
Photos by Kevin M. Campbell
Hear how Renee was inspired to start Daily Organics, through working with LA-based Cornerstone Theater Company. Video by David Gaw.