The Extreme salad, inspired by Stephen Barstow: 30 ingredients or more

The Extreme Salad, inspired by Stephen Barstow, is becoming a new family meal time tradition. Stephen Barstow Stephen Barstow is the world record holder for making a salad with the most different varieties of plants. 537 different varieties of plants, all in one salad!!! That is inspiring. And, he lives in Norway near the arctic…

Fruits and roots: Malanga rhubarb medley

Malanga at the store There are 2 varieties of malanga at the market where I buy it. One is long and skinny, the other looks more round like a potato (with hairy skin). I had some fresh rhubarb, so I thought, I should make some fruits and roots. And that is how the malanga rhubarb…

Defending the Garbage Plate

Bring on the plants! The wildcrafting season is in full tilt and what better way to christen the ship than preaching the good word of Garbage Plates. Now traditionally, Garbage Plates, if you’re not familiar, are a dish native to Rochester, NY. They’re a regional food much like a Philly cheese steak or a Chicago…

Radish mini challenge: #2 Daikon radish with Culantro

Daikon radish Daikon radish is not a new radish to us. It is actually one of our favorites. It is a mild tasting radish, easy to snack on. The kids like it raw and pickled, or served in soups and salads, and with veggie dip. I think its a favorite because it is nice and…

Salmon with house leeks and lemon thyme

Salmon with house leeks and lemon thyme I had some thyme left from our csa bag, and I was brainstorming how to use it for dinner. Tomorrow is our next csa pick up, so I wanted to have last weeks vegetables used up. I like salmon with thyme, and house leeks are supposed to taste…

Radish mini challenge: #1 The Cincinnati radish

In the effort to increase diversity, one mini challenge is to pick different varieties of the vegetables that we eat all the time. So, we have the Radish mini challenge. Our first radish of the challenge: the cincinnati radish. It is a red icicle type radish, and we are going to use it in salad….

Kale Berry Salad: How Many Varieties Of Kale Are There?

Craving Fresh Greens In the spring I am always craving salad. After months of root vegetables and preserved foods from last years garden, I am ready for something fresh. The wild greens are just sprouting, and the garden is newly planted, but kale is still available from hoop houses and cold frames. I decided to…

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…

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…

Turning Food Deserts into Food Desserts by Design

Food Deserts:  Choice and Design Scarcity of food still exists amidst the fresh fruit and vegetable abundance most of us experience in the US.  And even in the US, people are starving themselves of nutrients through an improper diet of fast food and over-processed food.  To loosely quote guerrila-gardener extraordinaire Ron Finley, for some people…

Seven Reasons Why You’ll Want to Eat Wild: Wild Food Matters (Part 2)

  In our previous post on wild foods, we mentioned some of the reasons that people don’t go out foraging.  In this post, we review some of foraging’s benefits. Benefits of wild food What characteristics does wild food have over agricultural food?  Well, first, it’s impractical to think we could live entirely off wild food…

Smoothies: Drinking Your Way to Diversity (Part 2)

Many things come to mind when we think of smoothies. Some people think of a breakfast drink, others think of dessert. Some think of a creamy yogurt/milk drink, others think of blended frozen fruits. A smoothie is all these things and the perfect drink to mix up lots of different fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, seeds…