Holiday weekends are always light on news, and it seems even during a pandemic and the now usual shit-show that it Lord Damp Nut’s Maladministration, everyone is longing for a return to normal and hence The Villagers (our Failed Political Press) are off somewhere, dreaming of the cocktail and pool parties they are missing in The Village.
Here in the Emerald City, we are still in sheltering-in-place so picnics and what not are not a possibility. And of course, it’s been raining.
We turn to long(er) reads. I thought some of these might be of interest to you.
The Atlantic: America’s Patchwork Pandemic Is Fraying Even Further
The New Republic: Blow Up the Restaurant Industry and Start Over
Medium: Inside the Flour Company Supplying America’s Sudden Baking Obsession (which reminds me that I need to start a dough today)
Just like the flour, seeds companies are selling out of product. Pandemic America is really going back to basics. Seeds of Italy is sold out(!), and more seeds are not coming from Italy, at least not at present.
I just received some seeds from (new to me) upstate NY’s farmacie isolde, which has a very curated list of seeds (all of which are intriguing), and Mendocino California’s Quail Seeds (who came about when the much-beloved Bountiful Gardens closed), which focuses on heirloom seeds and permaculture, so I will be seed starting greens today. I’m pleased to report that Seed Savers is open again for orders and running free shipping this weekend. If you are at all inclined to be pandemic gardeners, these are fine places to buy rare and unusual seeds.
So tell us in the comments, Scissorheads, what are you doing this holiday weekend to remain sane?