Thinking about joining a CSA — Community Supported Agriculture — share? I learned a lot about offbeat vegetables and how to prepare them. I learned how to roast beets without setting off the smoke detector. I know I still don't like cabbage, after trying it three ways. definitely got creative with how to fit even more veggies into my family's diet. And I got to use my favorite knife… a LOT. Here's are all my tips from my experience as a first time CSA participant…
This is Offbeat Home's archive of vegetables posts.
I do not care what you say; the BEST snack food in the world is edamame. Green, healthy, savory, salty — steamed soybeans have the popability of potato chips, and it's so easy to drop a ton of money on frozen packs of them at the grocery.
Growing my own edamame not only broke free of the frozen food aisle, but inspired a consuming love for these tiny green beans and all their furry hardiness.
Yo, hopeful gardeners! Check in! How's everything looking with your starter seedlings?
If you haven't already, it's a good time to look at your babies and see who's past the germination deadline without showing any green. Some of my seeds have a very long germination time (10-14 days) but once two weeks is up and I haven't seen any proto-leaves, those little things are quickly replaced with new seeds.
This year I'm planting a bigger variety of plants than I ever have before. I've started most of them already (all that I had toilet paper rolls for!) because I have a feeling we're in for a warm spring. I don't think I'm going to have to worry about frost as late as I have in years past — so I'm kind of starting all my stuff at once. If I'm wrong, well…then I'll just start again. I've been late in planting seeds in the past, and everything turned out all right, so if I end up starting something late because I THOUGHT it was already covered, it's not the end of the world.
Last summer I read The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter by Peter Singer and Jim Mason. I was given the book for my birthday, together with some cookbooks. You get the point, I love food. But I care about how it found its way into my kitchen, too. Let me tell you about what we decided works for us, after much book-reading and value-weighing.
I've been saving up my toilet paper rolls ALL WINTER. Last week, I proudly harvested them from the bathroom cupboard, sliced them all in half, and used them to start my garden.