Community Supported Agriculture

Signing up for the CSA Well we just signed up for a summer of fresh local farm products including; vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs honey, syrup, soap and maybe even milk. I can hardly wait for June! We signed a contract with a local farm and paid the fee. In return we receive a weekly selection…

How To Eat Beets: History, Planting Instructions, Nutrition and Recipes

Mangles, Sugar Beets, Garden Beets, Chard, and Perpetual Spinach … What’s the diff? The beet is a master of variety. While plants like lettuce or the tomato might vary in characteristics of its edible part, each beet type emphasizes a different use of the plant. Chard for example emphasizes the edible leaves and so the…

Creamy Malanga Soup Recipe

Comfort food Creamy soup is a favorite comfort food in our family during the winter months. Usually it is a creamy potato soup base with various vegetables added in for variety. Creamy potato asparagus soup is amazing. But why should potatoes do all the work? This creamy malanga soup recipe can stand alone as a…

Dairy-Free, Creamy Swiss Chard

Hmmm … how to eat chard Swiss chard is an easy to grow, prolific garden green, but it’s not always easy to find recipes that use it. Baby chard is good in a salad, and chard pie is pretty good too, but our favorite side dish that features chard is our dairy-free, creamy swiss chard….

Roots: The winter pantry superstar

Roots instead of grains In the effort to eat less grain, we have been eating root vegetables with our meals; as many different varieties as we can find. (We are on a temporary elimination diet–more on that later and how it’s helped with our quest for food diversity.) I am looking forward to exploring some…

Beet Kvass Recipe Without Whey

Beets Red, white, yellow, long, short, flat, round and huge–garden beets come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. All of them are tasty, and all of them would work great for this beet kvass recipe without whey! Beets are a great root vegetable for including in a wide variety of dishes. If you have set…

Sweet Violets, and a Look-Alike.

Making a Backyard Salad I love making salad with spring greens. This salad that I made from picking plants in my backyard is mostly violet greens and flowers. I plan to mix in some red lettuce and top it with oil, vinegar, blueberries and some goat cheese. Violets are pretty easy to identify with their…

Morels while mowing

A little gift from the effort of mowing the lawn.  These morels, might look a normal size in the picture but they were actually as big as a hand.  (See the spoon for reference.)

Can you eat lilacs?

Can you eat lilacs? I asked myself this question last year as flowers were blooming all over my yard. Working in my flower garden, I wondered how many of the plants around me were edible. A few I knew were definitely not edible such as irises and deadly nightshades, and I identified a few definite…

Mother’s Day and Morels

Morel season is about the same time of year as Mother’s Day where we live. On Mother’s Day weekend our small community throws its annual mushroom festival which usually marks the beginning of morel season in our area.  For these three days people from all around the surrounding areas come out to celebrate this weird…

Spring Greens Mini Challenge

We’ve got to pick up the pace Well, it’s May already, and we aren’t even at 200 for diversity in foods. So, we decided that we needed to pick up the slack and jump start the next phase of the challenge.  Over the past couple months we have been thinking about developing some mini challenges…

Roger Phillip’ s Wild Food Has Got me Looking Forward To The Spring

Roger Phillip’s Wild Foods Features lots of little known Wild Edibles For several years now we have been eating and preparing wild foods. Every spring, we look forward to the spring greens and morels. And then summer and fall come with all the fruits and nuts and berries. Throughout our foraging experiences, we have relied…