Community Supported Agriculture

The theme of today’s post is community supported agriculture! In particular, I’d like to direct you to an article about the Appleton Farms CSA program that I recently wrote for Food Tank. Here’s the link:

http://foodtank.com/news/2016/07/appleton-farms-a-csa-thinking-outside-the-box

I’d love to hear your thoughts on CSA programs, especially if you are a shareholder!

Until Next Week…Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,

Katie

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Behold, the Garlic Scape!

Garlic scapes, the slender stems growing from the tops of garlic bulbs, remind me of a whimsical work of art. Their green stems artfully spiral and twist lending a certain graceful elegance to the garden. They are not just pretty to look at, however. Garlic scapes can be used in place of garlic cloves, though their flavor is slightly less assertive.  My family loves to make garlic scape pesto and use it as a yummy dip for bread, as a different take on traditional garlic bread. The scapes can also be used in place of garlic in your favorite homemade salad dressing. I’ve also seen them used in mashed potatoes for a twist on garlic mash potatoes.

How about you? Have you used garlic scapes in your kitchen? If so, I’d love to hear all about your culinary creations!

Until Next Week…Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,

Katie

Check out the ‘Groundbreaking’ Gardening Company Reinventing Horticulture in the United States

I was at the Boston Public Market the other day and happened upon a vendor named Seedsheet. This innovative company, located in Middlebury, Vermont, alleviates consumers of the financial and physical burdens of traditional gardening practices. Say farewell to crop spoilage, insect infestations, and pesky weeds with what Seedsheet affectionately refers to as “a Garden-in-a-bag.” The “Garden-in-a-bag,” or Seedsheet arrives at customers’ doorsteps after online ordering, or it can be purchased at a brick-and-mortar location. It houses fabric inhibiting weed growth, organic and non-GMO seeds, soil, and the company’s take on a fertilizer without pesticides. Upon receipt of a Seedsheet, simply unroll, shake like you would a picnic blanket, and place atop a garden plot (or similar structure.) Water the Seedsheet, and reap its delicious benefits.

Seedsheets can be purchased in a variety of dimensions and they each include a unique selection of crops. After perusing the Seedsheet website, my favorite Seedsheet options are a three-way tie between the Tea Seedsheet, the Smoothie Seedsheet, and the Pizza Seedsheet. The Tea Seedsheet consists of Calendula, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, and Tulsi. Carrot, cucumber, kale, parsley, and spinach comprise the Smoothie Seedsheet. And the Pizza Seedsheet features arugula, basil, beets, chives, eggplant, Gold Nugget tomato, Green Zebra tomato, Jalapeño, Moskvich tomato, and pepper. Epic!

This ‘groundbreaking’ company reinvents horticulture by making gardening accessible to everyone, regardless of physical location and space availability.

Thoughts?

Until Next Week…Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,

Katie

Happy Fourth of July!

 “For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wish all of you who celebrate a Happy Fourth of July.

Until Next Week…Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,

Katie