Qualified Condition

May 11, 2009

I Love My Co-op

Filed under: Uncategorized — qualifiedcondition @ 7:56 pm

I’ve noticed that people in my age and socioeconomic group have a difficult time liking things whole-heartedly.  We use irony and cynicism as a shield to protect us from fun and sincerity, because those later two things are, evidently, horrifying.


This Saturday, Kenny and I went to pick up our first Abundant Harvest farm co-op box.  Every Saturday the delivery truck comes to Lincoln Heights and drops of a bunch of boxes for everyone in the area who has signed up, and our friends Suzie and Sean hang out and hand out the boxes.  The produce is organic and fresh, local and amazing.  It is really cool to get to see friends, and the communal aspect of just getting the food reminds me a little of communion at All Saints.  And, because the box is a ticking time-bomb of freshness, it has helped Kenny and I think ahead about what to cook and how to get the most out of the produce instead of just trotting down to TJ’s to get another plastic box of whatever.  Basically, the co-op is amazing.

So I wonder why I found myself wanting to tell the story of the farm co-op from a cynical standpoint (I’m sure some of you reading this would mearly applaud the fact that I didn’t and maybe send my therapist a box of chocolates).  Does the internet need another self-hating hipster/yuppie attempting to make everything in life contrived and ironic?  I mean yes, we are a gay couple and yes, we did pick up the produce in a Volvo,  and I think there may have been at least one retro t-shirt involved… but seriously, it’s an inexpensive box of sustainable and healthy produce supplied by friends.  Anyone compelled to put a negative spin on a box with cherries in it needs a kick in the jimmy-ha-ha.


Oh, the box also came with a bundle of chamomile.  It’s pretty, but we’re not sure what to do with it.  If you, or someone you know is an expert on making hallucinogen… er, tea with fresh chamomile leave me a comment with some instructions.

Lastly, we’re hoping to start an Eagle Rock or Highland Park delivery site, but need more local interest.  C’mon, you know you want to…



  1. I’m just glad that wasn’t a link to my site.

    Baby and I did a CSA last year and it was really great. We signed up too late for this year, unfortunately. It looks like your food box is quite a bit more diverse than what we get in central Texas — ours is mostly greens and vegetables, no fruit.

    Comment by Lazlo H. — May 11, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

  2. That’s why real estate is so inexpensive in the Lone Star State. No fruit.

    Comment by qualifiedcondition — May 11, 2009 @ 11:25 pm

  3. that IS exciting! if anyone wants to start one in echo park/los feliz/hollywood, lemme know!

    mostly though i wanted to express appreciation for the phrase “jimmy ha ha.” that’s new and i will use it at first opportunity.

    Comment by lauren — May 12, 2009 @ 2:39 am

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