Archive for the ‘food garden’ Category

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Red Clover for Tea

September 19, 2008

Drying on screen might get me best results. The first batch I did a few weeks ago, and they browned quite a bit. I’m htinking that because we had so much rain in July, they had a higher moisture content.

what is it about red clover? according to the higher authorities, it provides a boost for the liver function, helps in lymphatic flow and strengthens the lungs. And I have also read that there is some help with the mitigation of symptoms that are particular to women of a certain age, such as hot flashes and other problems caused by hormonal changes.

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My plate runneth over here in good old Burlington Vermont…

September 5, 2008

concentrating on the yellow and orange varieties of tomatoes this year, my garden palette is as colorful as ever.

Instead of the normal 30 or so tomato plants, I’ve had more like 16 this year, including 4 or 5 volunteers that turned out to be the sungold types. this is a typical day’s harvest, not counting the sungolds…or, the basil, lettuce, beans, eggplant, carrots, beets, and ARUGULA! I’m on the 3 or 4th crop of arugula, and it’s as lovely as ever; no salad is complete without it.

onions and garlic are hanging on my drying wall here in kitchen, and plates of mint, catnip, red clover blossoms, and goldenrod taking up some of the horizontal real estate here.

AND WHILE I’M BUSY BRAGGING, let me say this: I have not shopped a produce department since March! gardening rules!!!

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Hunting and Gathering Full On

August 11, 2008

Winter’s coming. We are facing a season of high priced everything, and many will not be prepared we are told. I make like a squirrel and squirrel away as much as possible. That’s the idea as summer wears on. My freezer is getting pretty full, so canning is up next…ughghggh. Inevitably, when I am geared up for that process, the weather becomes hot and sticky. Big steaming pots, hot sticky humidity, add in my fun new hot flashes…can’t wait… .

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Pumpkin Garlic Scape Saute yum yum

July 9, 2008

Wild combinations from the garden lately. This evening’s was no exception. It’s my second pumpkin dish. In case you are wondering, I’ll tell you right off the bat: pumpkin is extremely good to eat. At this stage, it is very much like zucchini/ yellow summer squash– just slightly more dense.

I’m a little sleepy now, so will add ingredients to post tomorrow.

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Oh the Greens! and Omnivore’s Dilemma

June 14, 2008

Every day I am having copious salads–lettuce and arugula– and steamed greens: spinach, mustard, chard, beet, and of course arugula. A few weeks ago I was scrounging dandelion and some of the leaves off of chard, beet and arugula that made it through the winter, but now, everything is coming in …ahhhhhhhhhhhh

I missed Michael Pollan’s visit and talk at UVM last week, but heard there was an over flow of the over flow space for the event. He wondered if he was preaching to the choir here in Burlington VT, and whether the strong showing for his talk was any different than a strong showing for a Bush talk (President that is) would be in Kansas… (sorry Kansas!).

I disagree that there should be discounting of importance to “preaching to the choir.” Howard Zinn tackled this question on one of his visits to Burlington, saying that there is always value because there will be those, perhaps around the fringes who do come and learn, and may be swayed. I would ad that there is value to feeling solidarity in the presence of so many other like-minded folks.

Anyway, Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma was a favorite read of mine a couple of years ago. I have a dilemma right now: a woman is willing to deliver to me her old laying hens. She has three of them, and needs to have them taken off her hands. She wants to be sure that I would be butchering immediately. A few weeks ago, I agreed that I would happily take them off her hands. Now, I think about the reality of the bloodbath here in Lakeside, and am not so enthusiastic. Once upon a time, I would have thought nothing of it. Turkeys, pigs, rabbits, ducks raised and put away; all the years of hunting too. But I was a country person then. What to do. hmmm