Monthly Archives: April 2013
Caleb Philips and Ethan Welty have launched an interactive map last month that identifies more than a half-million locations across the globe where fruits and veggies are free for the taking. The project, dubbed “Falling Fruit“, pinpoints all sorts of tasty trees in public parks, lining city streets and even hanging over fences all over the world.
Sweet, sweet stevia! This natural, no calorie, sweetener sounds too good to be true. So, we’re very excited because we just planted some stevia plants in our raised bed garden and stevia seeds in our hot house for the next succession of plants.
One of the easiest and fastest growing vegetable is the radish. We recommend planting in early spring so you can savor your harvest in about 4-6 weeks.
Radish greens are also edible and very tasty. They are part bitter and part peppery and are high in calcium and other nutrients. They provide a very good source of anti-oxidants, electrolytes, minerals, vitamins and dietary fiber.
As big fans of hemp for so many reasons but especially using it for an extremely nutritious food, we are so happy to see this moving forward. Kentucky will be the first state to re-legalize the growing of industrial hemp for the astounding number of uses it can provide; food, paper, clothing, fuel, building materials, even an organic weed control!
We had an opportunity to support a worthy cause recently that helps support the local food pantries of San Luis Obispo County.
GleanSLO is a collaborative program of the San Luis Obispo Food Bank Coalition. Their mission is to rescue (harvest) excess crops that cannot be harvested due to economics or weather conditions. This is a win win situation for everyone involved; the volunteers can create partnerships and create harvesting events to support their community, the farmer’s excess produce goes to good use, and the food banks benefit from receiving the crops so that needy families are supported. The program has recovered about 90,000 pounds of local, fresh produce over the last two years.
Just when you thought you knew what you were eating. You do all your research, you check the back of the carton and still, you may have no idea. This year there were 800 new cases of “food fraud” added to the national food fraud database. That’s 60% more than last year! You might think it’s complicated, processed food, with a thousand ingredients that are being reported, but it’s actually some of the most common food in our diets… milk, honey, olive oil and even tea. Noooo, not the pure sanctity of tea!