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    Spring CSA 2020 – Week 4

    Spring CSA 2020 – Week 4 starts today! This week’s box brought us the following produce for an encore: asparagus, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, and strawberries. The new item this week is green cabbage. All of these I am very familiar with and love to eat so none will go to waste. This week’s recipe card was for a bacon quiche…so of course I challenged myself to create a vegan quiche instead. I used extra firm tofu along with sauteed veggies and spices to create the quiche. It ended up being very crumbly, so next time I will skip the tofu (or try silken tofu) and try out a different base.…

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    Spring CSA 2020 – Week 3

    Spring CSA 2020 – Week 3 starts today! This week’s box brought us the following produce for an encore: asparagus, spinach, and strawberries. The new stuff includes broccoli, bok choy, arugula, and red leaf lettuce. All of these I am very familiar with and love to eat so none will go to waste. Also, this week’s recipe card was for a kale salad with warm cranberry almond vinaigrette. Very easy to veganize – swap honey for agave and the cheese for tofu or vegan blue cheese crumbles if you have them. This recipe was not really my favorite…I prefer tangy dressings than sweet ones, so meh. What will I make…

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    Spring CSA 2020 – Week 2

    Spring CSA 2020 – Week 2 starts today! This week’s box brought us the following produce for an encore: asparagus, spinach, and strawberries. The new stuff includes broccoli, bok choy, and red leaf lettuce. All of these I am very familiar with and love to eat so none will go to waste. Also, this week’s recipe card was for a crunchy ramen noodle salad with the bok choy. An interesting recipe that I will not be trying since I’m not a fan of eating raw ramen noodles or raw bok choy. I will probably keep it simple and stir-fry the bok choy with garlic and soy sauce. What will I…

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    Spring CSA 2020 – Week 1

    Spring CSA 2020 – Week 1 starts today! We’re trying out a CSA and we picked up our first box today! What’s a CSA? Well CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, which basically means getting your fruits and veggies from local farms in your community instead of from far-off sources. A more detailed description can be found here.CSAs are great because: you get to eat the freshest produce (you get what’s in season at peak freshness) you support real people running local businesses it’s more eco-friendly (less fuel used to transport your food from “farm to table”) you also may get to try new produce you otherwise wouldn’t have bought…

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    Fruity Finds

    Fruity finds, the wonderful and edible gifts of nature. My significant other and I are very fortunate that the previous owner of our property was also a gardener, or at least a lover of fruits. We’ve found that there are mature fig trees, apple trees, a large grape trellis, and even a few blackberry bushes! Read on for pictures of the different kinds of fruits I’ve found on our land. Blackberries – Late Spring I love blackberries, they have the perfect ratio of tartness and sweetness. They’re probably the healthiest conventional fruit due to the highly pigmented anthocyanins. If I pick enough of these little babies, I might be able…

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    Summer Garden 2019

    Spring has come and gone, and it’s time for me to share with you our 2019 summer garden! Plot Preparation Since we already had a nice sized plot from our spring garden, all we did to get it ready for summer was: cut down the spent crops, re-till the land, and clean up any weeds that were leftover. This took only one evening of work and then we were ready to sow some seeds. Starting from Seed For our summer garden, we returned to our local independent garden store to buy seeds. Instead of buying the commercial Botanical Interests seeds, we purchased the local Wyatt-Quarles seeds. They were much cheaper,…

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    Spring Garden 2019

    Hello! This is where I write about my 2019 spring garden! To learn more about my general set up, please check out my first garden post. Preparing Our Plot In order to prepare for our spring 2019 garden, we needed to take care of a few tasks in the months before planting: Firstly and fundamentally, we had to decide on a site.We chose an area not too far off behind the house in an open field that gets full sun, but right near a spigot for easy watering. My SO took an oscillating sprinkler and hooked it up with a timer to the spigot for automated watering. We set the…

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    First Garden Post!

    It’s more than halfway into 2019 and I finally got around to documenting what’s going on with my garden! Better late than never, right? 🙂 Why we started this garden I’ve always been interested in growing my own food. I’ve taken tiny steps to do this before by starting sprouts in jars indoors and also growing herbs in small containers just outside the house. Both were surprisingly easy to do with a lot of return for the effort I put in. But I’ve never tried anything bigger than that until this year. A while back, my significant other and I bought a house together with a good bit of land…