Thursday, March 26, 2009

A good book and my gardening plan.

I mentioned in my last blog post that I am finishing reading the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver. This is such a interesting book...I am only on page 91 but I know the rest of it will be as good as the first few chapters have been. With the movement for a safe, more sustainable food system in our country gaining momentum I highly encourage everyone to read this book and put some of the ideas in it into practice with your food choices. This week was "eat what we have" week at our house as we are trying to stretch our food budget as far as possible. I decided that starting this weekend we are going to attempt to buy as much locally grown food as we can from the farmers markets and a couple of local farms. There are also some ads on our local Craigslist for eggs that I am going to inquire about. I will see how this works for us...I hope it works well but Emily is a pretty picky eater and getting her to expand her culinary horizons is a bit of a challenge. Stay tuned!

After giving myself a swift kick with my last blog post, I got out and planted some more seeds. Mesclun, sage, parsley, corn, dill and scarlet runner beans. I know they make pretty vines and attract birds; I have to confirm whether they are edible or not (I think they are). There is still time to plant watermelon, okra and several other things down here and I am going to try to accomplish that this weekend. Out with flavorless grocery store produce, in with delicious and nutritious locally grown fruits and veggies!

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