Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fall for food

As summer winds down it's time to start thinking about fall foods. Personally if I eat one more cucumber I don't know but something bad might happen. Clear your garden beds of any debris like old tomato plants, string beans and such and start anew, with things like Brussels sprouts, cabbage, beets, head lettuce, kale and other hearty greens. I like to add some fresh compost to any new plantings I put in. Local farm stands and garden centers should have some veggie starters to help you on your way. If you can't find any grab some seed and plant away. Once the cool weather hits you'll be glad you did all this preparation and you can enjoy some warm dishes from the garden.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Take that Irene.. how to know which green tomatoes to pick

Take that Irene- how to know which tomatoes to grab before Irene does...If the fruit feels heavy not hollow then pick it and put in a bowl with either a banana or apple. This will help ripen them. The ones that feel hollow less dense leave on the plant. Even if your plants blow over as long as they don't get ripped out of the ground they may still ripen on the plant after the storm. Some for you some for Irene.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Beets, beets, they're good for your heart...

Beets, well I'm not sure if they are good for your heart, but I'm pretty sure they are good for you. Often people tell me they love beets but so seldom do I hear people like the greens. I'm a big fan of eating the whole plant.  The greens taste amazing quickly sauteed with some sea salt, and for the root well I have a couple variations on the same recipe but here's the family fave for this summer.
Beets with Avocado and Feta
1.Quarter 6 med. size beets and boil till soft (8-10 minutes) then plunge in cold water and peel off skin.
2. Cut up about 1/4 cup chives add to cooled beets
3. 1/2 cup cut up celery
4. Cube up one cup of Feta firm cheese add to cooled beets
5. One whole firm avocado cut into small cubes add to cooled beets 
6. Add sea salt ( huge fan of Celtic sea salt) and fresh ground pepper to taste

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Grow something... anywhere

In an effort to feed my family which is quite large, I began doing what I love, growing food. What started as a pastime is now a passion. Having worked on organic farms of varying sizes and locations I began using what I know to put food directly in the backyards of people who want to eat fresh and know how their food is grown. Follow along and see how we grow... literally! Enjoy! And grow something... anywhere.