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Small Space Gardening

Small Space Gardening

Container gardens are a great way to use a small space to grow your own vegetables.  When selecting what crops you will grow, consideration must be given to the amount of space a particular crop will need.

Ancient Grains

Ancient Grains

Ancient grains like quinoa, barley, spelt, farro and a few others have remained unchanged over time.  These grains are whole foods that pretty much are used just like mother nature intended.  They have been around for thousands of years, just like corn and wheat. But unlike corn and wheat that have been selectively bred to the point that they are not similar to their ancient origins, while farro and its brethren have largely been unchanged.

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.

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.

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.

 

Winter’s Super Fruit: Cranberries

Cranberry Heart

A number of recent studies have shown that cranberries are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber and other nutrients.  Eating whole cranberries protects the cardiovascular system, the liver, and aids in digestion.  Over the past several years, an increasing number of mechanisms have been discovered that help explain the anti-cancer properties of cranberries.

Here are a few recipes using fresh cranberries that can included in your next meal…