My seed order just arrived! Yes, I procrastinated a bit this year in getting my order in. Each year I like to try one thing new, this year its the Thai Red Roselle. Anyone grown it? Have any suggestions what to make with it? Other than teas and jams.
I am planning to try a lot of container gardening this year. Any advice?
In case you can’t read the packages:
Corn Strawberry Popcorn- great for kid harvesting, popcorn, and decorating
Country Gentlemen Sweet Corn- this one has mixed reviews, will try it this year and see
Little Marvel Garden Pea- it’s a bush bean, with a heavy yield. Going to try it in containers
I had a very hard decision to make this week. Harder than any that I have had in a long time. We had to break up with our CSA, which provided us with our meats, eggs, breads, fruits and vegetables. It was a very hard, sad day. When we signed up over a year ago now it was conveinent. My husband was working in the city so he could pick it up on the way home. Then my husband lost his job, relocated out of the city for his new job, and it became my responsibility to drive in the 45+ minute drive each way to pick up. Occasionally he would say he could do it and then get tied up at work and unable to pick up. After this last time I realized it wasn’t fair to us or to them to continue on this way.
I began researching CSA’s closer to home. None will ever hold a candle to the fondness I have for our previous one, but does anyone get over their first love. I found a farm that will hopefully fill our need. They are looking to expand what they currently provide, produce and eggs, into meat, dairy, breads, etc. Maybe I will be able to get involved more at the farm since it is closer or help them find opportunities. Who knows. Our new CSA starts in April. It delivers to our doorstep so no more worrying over who will find the time to go pick it up. And it is from a farm about 10 miles from our home so it really is more local.
Find a CSA, farm stand, farmers market, etc that works for you. There are many popping up every where. Perhaps contact an established one and see if you get a group of people signed up can you create a pick up spot more conveinent for you. Many accept SNAP so great, local food can be had. If you can’t find something now, keep checking back this is a growing movement and many more are popping up all the time.
Here are a few resources to help you find your local food:
And there are many more specific websites by state if you google your area.
My husband had decided he wanted to try goat ribs while picking up our CSA share from Farm to Family. His original intention was to smoke them, but then found himself without a smoker so I started my own thoughts on it. I came up with a Stout Braised Goat Rib Stew. We served it over wild rice, but polenta or quinoa or thick toast would be just as great. This recipe is a great budget meal. It is extremely pleasingly delicious, can easily be manipulated to feed many, and relatively inexpensive in relation to how many it serves.
We have been fishing off our pier and got our crabbing license also! I am proud to say that this “Yankee”, as my mother in law likes to call me, has caught the only crabs so far this season.
We caught a lone crab as our first one and instead of facing a fight over one crab’s meat- a one of many reason why this “Yankee” prefers lobster- we made deviled eggs. He was steamed over Budweiser and Bangarang.
In the hot months I tend to eat less meat and crave fruits and vegetables and with the abundance of summer squash right now it was time for one of my son’s favorites “Squash Fritters”. They have been renamed over the years, first it was Squish Fritters, which led to tonight’s “Squitters”.
So easy to make, so easy to make a large batch and fridge or freeze, and pleases even the pickiest of eaters. This is a dish the kids can help with so be sure to include them!
You need squash. Any variety of summer squash in any combination is good. You want the equivalent of 6-8 medium to large zucchinnis. Shred them either using a box shredder or food processor. Using a clean dish towel squeeze all the excess liquid out. *I have tried this with paper towels, don’t risk it just use a dish towel.
Put the squash into a large bowl. Add 2 eggs. 3 T flour. Salt and Pepper. Mix with a fork. *note this can be done with sauted greens, other veggies mixed in…get creative!
Heat 2 T oil in a saute pan. Scoop with fork on hot oil and flatten with fork. Cook for 3-4 minutes until browned and flip for 1 minute more. Drain on a paper towel lined plate or rack.
Eat immediately or reheat in the toaster later. My son likes to dunk them into marinara sauce that I make with our garden tomatoes, but any pasta sauce works.