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Apr 15 2015

Great Beginnings: Getting Back to Your Roots! Eat Your Beets

When I was in elementary school and ate lunch in the school cafeteria, I was introduced to beets. My mom did not fix them at home and I did not eat them at school either. I tried and they were either heated right out of the can plopped onto the tray or industrial pickle style. […]

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Apr 13 2015

Great Beginnings: Getting Back to Your Roots-Radishes

Mid-April is a great time to plant some radishes and I have quick growing vegetables in your garden. Radishes were once only used around my house to make radish roses or add to salads. I honestly, I did not love them but felt obligated to eat them since someone that I love grew them. I […]

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Mar 20 2015

Great Beginnings: Getting Back to Your Roots-Eat Kohlrabi

Have you eaten kohlrabi? Do you even know what it looks like? The first step to eating it is to learn a little more about it! Kohlrabi is from the cabbage family. Its flavor is mild and sweet. It is not so popular here in the United States and it rarely makes it outside the […]

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Mar 11 2015

Great Beginnings: Getting Back to Your Roots! Eat Some Cole!

Just for the record, I did not misspell coal! Cole crops are members of the cabbage family and include cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. The family even includes turnips, arugula, bok choy, collard greens, horseradish, radish, rutabaga, watercress, kohlrabi, wasabi and kale. Here are some broccoli plants that I started.   Other names for this […]

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Jan 15 2015

3 veggies to Eat and Grow this Winter

Celebrate the New Year by eating more local food in 2015 with growing some winter greens. Arugula, kale and collards are easy to grow when it’s cold. These power greens will continue into spring fairly easily also. Having them readily available is a great way to add them to your weekly menu! Growing Tips We […]

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Jul 09 2014

Local Food Menu and Farm Tour Fun

We had a wonderful time at our garden party and farm tour at First Blossom Farm with Veronica and Garrett! I have been delayed sharing our menu and update you on the event. Veronica took everyone on a tour of the farm which looked absolutely beautiful in the early evening before the sun went down. […]

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Sep 06 2013

Putting Away Local Food for Winter

Labor Day is a transition time for all of us. The nights are getting cooler and the summer garden is starting to look a little crispy so it is time to get the fall garden planted. My husband and I have a Labor Day tradition of making salsa with the last of the local tomatoes […]

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Aug 08 2013

Western Carolina Local Dried Beans

Last weekend, I had an exciting surprise from our garden. My husband planted some pinto beans for the first year in our garden. We enjoyed seeing the beautiful plants climb on the string and lately with all the rain, our plants looked a little weepy. We thought the pods looked a little yellow and that […]

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Jul 20 2013

Urban Garden Paradise

I love hanging out in the back yard with our little gardens. In the vegetable garden, we are currently growing chard, green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, tomatillos (volunteer), pinto beans, corn, arugula, beets, lots of peppers, eggplant, spaghetti squash, butter nut squash and a mystery squash that came up volunteer yet to be determined. Our fruit […]

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Jul 04 2013

Fourth of July Celebration Using Local Fruits and Veggies!

I need a road map to plan my week. I use my work schedule to plan what days I need quick meals or to make something ahead of time. I love this time of year because of all the local veggies and my menus revolve around these seasonal foods. This week includes a veggie pizza […]

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