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Cookbook Swap, Book Bike & Seed library this week

Are you looking for some cooking inspiration? Want to find something different to spark your cooking/fermenting/baking interests? Looking for an interesting book to read over the summer? Or, do you have some old cookbooks that you no longer use? Bring your cookbooks to the CSA pick-up this week and/or find a new one (or two!) to try out at no cost to you!

This week during pick up, we are holding a cookbook swap for members. This is a fun chance to change up your favorite recipes and resources and get inspiration from what other members have been cooking. Volunteers from the Pima County Library will also have the library’s Book Bike set up in the courtyard from 4-5:30 with a variety of food-related books and information on their awesome and innovative program. They will offer a variety of locally sourced and adapted seeds from the library’s own Seed Library that you can pick up FOR FREE! Read more about both of these ongoing community resources below.

There will plenty of titles to choose from so please feel free to take a book even if you didn’t bring one! Feel free to donate a cookbook even if you don’t want to take another one! If there are any leftover books at the end of the week we’ll add new titles to our CSA Lending Library. Over the past month, you may have seen a small selection of Tucson CSA’s “Lending Library” out during pick-ups . This is an ongoing resource and we would love to have you sign up to check out books. Any duplicate titles will be donated to the Book Bike or put in the Little Free Library in the Historic Y lobby and hallway.

Book bikes have a fascinating history and have found great success in Tucson since 2012 for an “earth-friendly, human-powered mobile library outpost.” The idea is simply to get books out to folks who do not or cannot access the library system – and to help spread awareness of the free public resources the library offers. Stop by to chat with the volunteers who make it possible, and “check out” a book or two that will nourish your summer reading and cooking.

In addition, the Book Bike volunteers will have samples and be able to speak to another amazing resource we have right here in Tucson and Pima County: the seed library!

The Seed Library is a collection of open-pollinated and heirloom seeds that you can borrow to plant and grow at home. By saving seeds as a community we help create local seed stocks that are better acclimated to our unique desert climate and which support an abundant and genetically diverse landscape. We support gardeners from beginner to expert, and help you learn how to grow, harvest, and save seeds.