Monthly Archives: April 2013

What’s Better Than Fresh Food? Fresh and Free Food!

Falling Fruit

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.

Oh So Sweet Stevia!

Stevia

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.

Radishes are Rad

Rad Radish

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.

Growing Hemp is Legal in Kentucky

Hemp = Jobs

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!

Glean SLO

Glean SLO

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.

What Foods are Most Susceptible to Food Fraud? (Infograph)

Food Fraud

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!

DIY Dry Organic Herbs

Dry-herbs

We at Cambria Soup Company enjoy “do-it-yourself” projects because it allows you to appreciate the things that “magically” ens up in grocery stores today. So, rather than purchasing your next batch of dry organic herbs, perhaps you can try  making our own organic herbs at home.

Fortunately, drying your own organic herbs is easy.  Herbs have very little water content so you can start drying your herbs as soon as you buy or harvest them.  Your fresh dried herbs will also taste better because they will not have been stored on a shelf for several weeks (although you could do that too and they would still be fresher than the store bought version).

You can tell when your herbs are ready to be store when your herbs can easily crumble.  We recommend leaving some of the dried herbs whole to benefit from their essential oils and flavors.  Store in airtight jars and away from direct light or heat.