CSA 2016

Took a big step today to continue eating healthy. Just know I can not grow all the veggies I want to eat this summer,…

Posted by Doug Joyce on Saturday, March 19, 2016

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Breakfast Smoothie

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Breakfast! This morning’s smoothie is made with the farm’s fresh spinach and sunflower shoots plus frozen strawberries and blueberries from last season. The sunflower shoots add a nice nutty flavor. Add some almond milk, plain Greek yogurt and Triple Omega Seed Mix from Oak Street Natural Market. Yum! Nutritious & wholesome. We are bringing lots of our spinach blend and sunflower shoots to Webb City Farmers Market tomorrow. Fresh berry season is just around the corner!

Soil Blocks

Welcome Spring! We are starting seedlings weekly now using Eliot Coleman’s system for seed starting. Soil-blocking is a seed-starting method that allows us to produce vigorous seedlings with roots that quickly reestablish growth upon transplanting. Soil-blocking further eliminates the expense, waste, and storage issues associated with plastic pots. And… it’s a great excuse to play in the mud!

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Farm Fresh Feasts

Kirsten Madaus, worm wrangler, wife, mother, Community Supported Agriculture-loving pizza paparazzi at Farm Fresh Feasts, has spent the last 6 years feeding her family from farm shares in 2 states. She realized that one of the barriers to folks continuing with a farm share was a lack of knowledge about new-to-us produce. She started her site in 2012 to provide practical support to her my fellow local eaters.

She shares several recipes each week featuring seasonal ingredients, and maintains a Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient (broken up into different types of produce). She receives submissions from fellow food bloggers to bolster her own recipes so that, for example, she got more than 50 recipes using beets, nearly 50 recipes using garlic scapes, and more than a dozen recipes for kohlrabi. There are recipes for all types of diets.

Her website is free to use, but she does display ads which is how she pays for the site and the software to host the recipe index.

Here is a link to Kirsten’s site: http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com

Local Food Sovereignty

  • Local food focuses on food for people. Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies.
  • Local food tastes better. By buying local, you are receiving the freshest possible produce, picked just hours before delivery.
  • Local food is more nutritious. Once harvested, produce quickly loses nutrients. Since local produce is sold right after it’s picked, it retains more nutrients.
  • Local food supports local farmers. By buying locally, the middleman disappears and the farmer gets full retail price, in turn helping farmers continue to farm and keeping dollars in our community.
  • Local food builds community. By getting to know the farmers who grow your food, you build understanding, trust and a connection to your neighbors and your environment.
  • Local food supports the environment and benefits wildlife. Family farmers tend to be good stewards of the land – they respect and value fertile soil and clean water. In addition, buying local also reduces the use of fossil fuels and helps to protect the environment.
  • Local food is about the future. Supporting local farms today helps keep those farms in your community, ensuring that your children and grandchildren have access to nourishing, flavorful and abundant food.

Sources:
LocalHarvest.org; Community Alliance with Family Farmers;
SustainableTable.org; The New York Times; usfoodsovereigntyalliance.org