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Thursday, August 27, 2009

From Goats to Egyptian Onions, Craigslist Can Hook You Up with the Essentials of Urban Life

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 10:36 AM

click to enlarge Find a hand job. Or a truckload of Zinfandel grapes.
  • Find a hand job. Or a truckload of Zinfandel grapes.
Nearly 70 years ago, Albert Camus ruminated on the isolation of city life: As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.

If only he'd lived to know Craigslist. We're no longer petals on Pound's black, wet bough, filing out of buses and trains in lines, anonymous faces in the crowd arranged in purely natural forms, images unaware of shared voices or relationships beyond position in place and time. Today, as a well-known 2004 documentary made clear, Craigslist is almost atmospheric in its presence, a hub around which life revolves, a wellspring of intertwined human stories. San Franciscans use it to share ideas, ditch unwanted furniture, meet lovers, and, on occasion, from time to time, find employment. The site is so expansive that one could explore it daily and discover something new on each expedition.

For example, you can buy food on Craigslist -- in the form of produce and livestock for sale in the farm and garden classifieds. For anyone who has ever fantasized about strolling through Dolores Park with an adorable pot-bellied piglet tucked under arm, or contemplated the marketable possibilities of home-cured mini-coppa, this section will provide plenty of fodder for your imagination. Check out a few gems from the past 24 hours:

There's a chicken starter kit for sale in Santa Rosa. This includes coop, feeder, bedding, and water and feed tray -- chicks not included. The price tag? $99.

Someone in Sonoma County is hawking nearly eight tons of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley Syrah, and old-vine Zinfandel in, at minimum, quarter-ton lots, at the cost of $2000/ton, $1800/ton, and $2500/ton, respectively.

A herdsman in Morgan Hill has "GOATS ALL SIZES."

Up in Healdsburg, there are farm-fresh eggs selling for $5/dozen or $7/18-pack. That's cheaper than Budweiser, folks.

Seedlings of Egyptian Walking Onions, a sprawling, hardy heirloom variety

of Allium cepa, live in Berkeley, desperately looking for a home. They're delicious and, as the poster notes, a real "dialogue-starter."

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