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Roasted Squash Seeds Recipe

Category : Grow Your Own, Make It Yourself, October, Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian

Roasted Squash SeedsWinter squash (including pumpkins) have a nutritional treasure at the center–and a tasty one, too! In the middle of the stringy pulp are the lovely squash seeds. They are quick and easy to roast, filling the kitchen with a wonderful fragrance that only comes in the fall.

Cleaning the seeds can be a bit of a chore. They grow in little clumps, and I pinch them off one at a time like picking grapes. Then I put them in a colander and rinse well under cold water, rubbing the seeds together to remove the slippery juice. (Learn more about how to cut open winter squash.)

Don’t let seed cleaning stop you from fixing this healthy autumn snack. Just put on some good music and have at them! The rich flavor and concentrated nutrition makes it worth the effort. Continue Reading

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Winter Squash Adventures!

Category : Grow Your Own, Make It Yourself

Sweet Meat SquashFall is the time for ripening winter squash. Most people are familiar with acorn squash, pumpkins, and maybe delicata or hubbard varieties, but there are dozens of squash varieties available to grow.

They all have one thing in common–most have a very hard shell. The bigger the squash, the tougher the shell. As a result many cooks limit their culinary squash choices. Continue Reading

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Garden Bounty

Category : About Food Sources, August, Grow Your Own

Vegetable Garden

By Southern Foodways Alliance

Nothing defines “bounty” quite like a visit to my garden at this time of the year. Everywhere I look, miraculous things are going on.My two-year-old grandson accompanies me, as usual. We take a huge bowl with us and I have a kitchen knife to help us harvest. His route around our 12 by 24 foot garden is a history of the order of ripening crops.First he races to the strawberry plants. Those are done producing for the season, but “hope springs eternal” and he checks them anyway. Continue Reading
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Daikon Radish Diversity

Category : Grow Your Own, July

Daikon RadishLong and creamy white, daikon radishes are most often thought of as an ingredient in Japanese cuisine. However, they are easy to grow and exceptionally versatile to use. Daikon stores well, too, making them a superb locavore ingredient. (A locavore is a person who eats only locally grown food as much as possible.) Continue Reading

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Learn to Harvest and Thresh

Category : Grow Your Own, On the Farm

Backyard Beans and Grains ProjectJust received this message from Krista Rome of the Backyard Beans and Grains Project (BBGP). She’s offering some great opportunities for gardeners, farmers, and others to learn to harvest and thresh local grains and beans:

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Soil Minerals Matter

Category : About Food Sources, Grow Your Own

Soil MineralsRising cost of living is sending many of us into our yards to plant vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and berry bushes and grow some of our own food. Oh, all right, I admit it. Some of us just like to be out there regardless of what’s happening with the economy. Nevertheless, there seems to be a rising interest in home grown food.

Gardening classes are burgeoning, garden clubs or networks are springing up, and people are even learning to can, pickle, cellar, ferment, salt, smoke, or somehow preserve food for when it’s out of season. Continue Reading

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New Gardening Class at Cloud Mountain Farm

Category : About Food Sources, Grow Your Own

Vegetable Garden

By Southern Foodways Alliance

Are you interested in trying your hand at raising some food in a home garden? Cloud Mountain Farm has created a workshop just for you called “Grow Your Own – the Locavore’s Garden.” Here’s the class description from their website: “Vegetable gardening is more than planting seeds. Learn how to successfully grow a wide variety of produce throughout the year, including how to get started, planning your plantings, managing your soil and fertility inputs, and timing for succession harvests.” Continue Reading

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Book Review: “The Resilient Gardener”

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Category : About Food Sources, Book and Movie Reviews, Grow Your Own

Resilient Gardener by Carol DeppeGardening books interest me, but don’t usually excite me, though I’ve probably enjoyed nearly as many hours reading about gardening as doing it. Recently, though, I came across a book which casts gardening in a whole new perspective. The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times by Carol Deppe (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2010) is nothing short of paradigm changing. Continue Reading

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Ground Cherry Bread

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Category : Breads, Breakfast, Grow Your Own, Recipes, Snacks

Ground Cherry BreadRecently Lynn and Marvin Fast of Red Barn Lavender gave me some ground cherries from their garden to try cooking. MarvinĀ  explained that ground cherries will never be a commercial money-maker because harvesting them is very labor intensive, but they are delicious to eat nevertheless. Why not grow some yourself? As you do more locavore eating (eating only locally grown food), sooner or later you’ll be motivated to do a little home gardening. I’d like to encourage you to give it a try. Fall is a good time to start planning for next year. Continue Reading

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Food Puzzle–Ground Cherries

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Category : Grow Your Own, Menu Ideas, October

Ground CherriesUsually I only write about ingredients which are readily available from The Community Food Co-op, Terra Organica, or the Farmers Market. This week is an exception. It all started with a food puzzle. Continue Reading

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Finding Local Food

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Category : About Food Sources, August, CSAs, Farm Stands, Farmers' Markets, Grow Your Own, Menu Ideas, On the Farm, Retail Stores, U-Pick Farms, Whatcom Locavore Basics, Where to Buy Local Food

Finding Local Foods, and Red Cabbage MenuFinding locally grown organic food can be a fascinating treasure hunt, but it also can be time consuming, especially at first. Here are some food finding tips to help jumpstart your locavore lifestyle:

1. Start close to home.
You may have noticed that I mention some farms more frequently than others. That’s because they are the best sources I’ve found close enough to my normal errand routes to be convenient. My goal is to find the quality I want as close to home as possible. I go to Half Acre Farm for u-picking vegetables, but you may be able to locate a u-pick you like closer to where you live. Continue Reading

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You’re Invited to Lummi Island!

Category : Events, Grow Your Own

Habanero Chili Pepper - Photo by Ryan Bushby

You are warmly invited to come to the Chili Cook-off next Saturday, July 17, starting at noon at the Otto Preserve on Lummi Island. It’s a fund-raising benefit for the Heritage Trust, an organization that works to preserve the natural beauty of the Island. I’ll be there offering Locavore Chili, which will be made with (almost) all Lummi Island ingredients: grass-fed beef, home-canned tomatoes from last year’s harvest, garden grown habanero chilis, onions and beans, and more! Only a couple of spices will be non-local. It’s going to be awesome! Please stop by, taste, and vote for your favorite chili! (Full recipe will be posted here after the event.) Continue Reading

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