Archive for the 'vegetables' Category

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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Nov 20 2013

Health Concepts Holiday Challenge Week One

I can’t believe that next week is already Thanksgiving! Now is the time to plan ahead to make our menus and start our shopping or decide where we are going to eat. Thinking ahead about what you are going to eat and how big a portion you will eat can be a great strategy to […]

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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 31 2013

Parsley, Basil, Rosemary and Time

This weekend our granddaughter, Sparrow came for a visit. When she went outside, she asked if she could go see the garden. After that we picked some parsley, basil and rosemary. She and I smelled each one and tasted them and then she took them over to my husband to taste them as she tells […]

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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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Jun 25 2013

A Little Garden of Their Own

This week I want to introduce you to Susan and Kim Carlyle who live outside of Barnardsville, NC. Susan and Kim grow about 75% of the food that they eat. This includes raspberries, blueberries, cherries, apples, pears, paw paws, persimmon, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, green beans, beets, carrots, onions, garlic, all kinds […]

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Jun 20 2013

Snow Peas Are Here

Our garden has been bringing us a lot of arugula, spinach, chard, kale, lettuce and snow peas. I wanted to share one of my favorite ways to make a snow pea salad that is simple and healthy as well as beautiful. Hope that you enjoy! Snow Pea Salad Take 3 cups of fresh, local snow […]

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Sep 05 2012

Tomato Reminiscing

Some of us celebrate the last bits of summer with a trip to the beach over Labor Day weekend, my husband and I celebrate here in the mountains with the last of the summer tomatoes. It has been our tradition to visit the farmer’s market if we don’t have enough of our own tomatoes and […]

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Jul 31 2012

Good to Grow – Celery

By Nicole Martinez – Guest Blogger & Student of Nutrition & Dietetics at Western Carolina University There are some foods I do not eat. Not because I don’t like them or my grocery store does not carry them, but because they contain high levels of pesticide residue. You may have heard of the “dirty dozen” […]

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