Mother Earth Produce.

DELIVERY PRODUCE TO YOUR HOME!!!! 

I was thrilled to read of the new business here that connects the farms to you—- AT HOME. That’s right folks- and you can decide weekly if you want fruit, vegetables, or neither. They also provide for a customized order. You can order online too….

Please go to their website and see for yourselves. I am happy to offer this news to our Creation Care community! You can call me with questions, but you won’t have any- the website is very well designed and the process is clearly described.

Let me know what you think 🙂

–Penny

 

Calling all to GROW with us!

This year we will produce a booklet of recipes based on things the average gardener can grow at home. We need you to submit your recipes so we can make the booklet available by the time our delicious summer produce is rolling in! It would be great if you include information about your growing experience, the variety used, and/or any other tips or a story that will add depth to the recipe.

There are a few rules to this activity:

  • It has to be an edible that grows well in our area (squash, yes! your indoor lemon tree, no.)
  • It has to be a recipe you have made before.
  • It has to be easy to reproduce with minimal ingredients and basic kitchen equipment

Email, call, or drop off your entry with your name on it to the church office c/o Penny Gibbs.  The deadline for material is Earth Day–April 22.

Slow Food USA

SLOW FOOD USA has initiated a new challenge!  Now, I admit, my ability to commit long term is terrible…. but maybe YOURS isn’t!

The basic premise of Slow Food is: “food that is good for those who eat it, good for farmers and workers, and good for the planet.”  This challenge is created to “take back the value meal” …here’s what they have on the site:
“Why? Because slow food shouldn’t have to cost more than fast food. If you know how to cook, then teach others. If you want to learn, this is your chance. Together, we’re sending a message that too many people live in communities where it’s harder to buy fruit than Froot Loops.

I think this is a great way to begin to look at your meals in a new light.  When you work to make most of your food you will probably make it for less than $5 per person.  If a bag of rice is $3, it’s only pennies to make 4 servings from that bag…..

So, good luck– you can sign up officially through the Slow Food website link at the top of the post here….let me know how it goes!



 

Tips & Tricks: Herb Vinegar

I have researched this project often, but have not yet dedicated clean bottles or jars to it.  This may be my time to shine…I am thinking that the flowering (bolted ;-(  ) herbs in the garden would be nice- and the flavor/odor strength from the flowering process could work with vinegar.  As for the amounts, you will find I measure by sight, taste, shape, and smell more than with tools and devices.  This is an actual recipe from a website…..so I have not tried it….but the process is easy and I wouldn’t be too concerned when you measure.

1 cup finely chopped mixed fresh herbs (try basil, chives, mint, parsely)

EDITOR NOTE: OR LEAVE THEM WHOLE OR CHUNKY, try chives, chive blossoms, add blueberries, lemon zest, nasturtium….you can’t go wrong if you use what you like…and try small jars if you experiment so if your product is less than what you desire, you haven’t lost much. (Since I never toss anything out, I would use it anyway)

2 cups white wine vinegar

EDITOR NOTE: try blends if you want too- white distilled alone is fine, add a touch of red wine vinegar…( I have a pomegranate red wine that would be neat with blueberry and basil I bet!)

Heat resistant jar with lid or bottle

Directions:

  • Place chopped herbs in jar.
  • Heat the vinegar in a glass pot (or non-reactive pot) and then pour over the herbs.
  • Seal jar with lid and steep for three weeks.
  • While steeping, shake the jar every other day.

EDITOR NOTE: or when you remember or when you feel like it

  • After three weeks, strain out the herbs and pour the herb vinegar into a bottle.

Voila! I hope you enjoy this summer and try new ways to enjoy every season, every part of a leaf, stem, fruit and root.  Edible doesn’t just mean the choice parts- if you aren’t sure, look it up- some herbs can cause indigestion in certain seasons or amounts.

But you wouldn’t overdo– and you read my disclaimers, right?