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 More »
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!
Chalk it up to politics. The Monsanto Protection Act has been signed into law by President Obama, which protects genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks. How did it pass?
We discovered sorrel a few years ago when we saw an organic variety at a local farm store and we planted it in our garden. It is related to rhubarb and contains the same biological compounds that give it its tanginess.
The variety we grow is lemon raspberry and it so fresh and delicious it brightens any salad or other dish that calls for greens. It is so hearty, it even weathered the recent frost here on the central coast.
If you add fresh shredded sorrel to a salad, it can replace the need for lemon or salad dressing. When cooked, sorrel can be used in soups and sauces, even sorbet with fruit (strawberries would be good).
One of the great things about growing and using organic crops is not using pesticides and chemicals. In our herb and vegetable garden we try to find alternative ways to control our little hungry pests.
We use natural homemade sprays made with garlic, cayenne, and vinegar. (Basically anything natural with potent aromas that can deter anything with an acute sense of smell.) We also use beneficial insects such as lady bugs for natural pest control.
To attract beneficial insects to your yard and (the hardest part) keep them there, you can also plant certain flowering plants and herbs. Some of these include plants in the daisy family and herbs such as cilantro, dill, fennel, mint and parsley.
So next time you’re gardening, perhaps you can keep these alternative ways of pesticides in mind.
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…