Yobel Market co-owner Donavan Kennedy and I remember what a drag Valentine's Day used to be. Several years ago, both of us worked at the Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant, and the week of Valentine's we were always slammed — booked effing solid, extended hours be damned. Apparently nothing's more romantic than melted cheese and an exhausted staff on the most predictable day of the year.
I suspect he looks back on those times more fondly than I do — fitting of someone who helped start such a compassionate business — but I'm pretty jazzed to watch each V-Day go by with no effort on my part.
Except maybe this: the gift of chickens to a family in need. For $20, you can send a dozen chickens to a family in Uganda, which will not only provide the family with valuable protein and possible income, but a renewable resource to boot. The chicks will be hand-delivered to families living at Canaan Farm through Family Empowerment Uganda (a Christian organization, FYI). Give Yobel your e-mail address and you'll receive a receipt of delivery and a photo of the family.
For an extra $5, you can buy the chicks and take home a "Peeps bouquet" with a card explaining your gift. That way, there's something more traditionally sweet for your Valentine.