Skip the canned and frozen veggies, and get the nutrients you need with a taste that can't be topped. Eating fruits and vegetables in their season locally is the best way to maximize the nutritional value of your diet choices--this doesn't have to mean going to a strictly raw foods diet. You can even have some fun with "forcing" or sprouting tender shoots from many vegetables, even in the winter (a veggie like this beet with both edible root and leaves would yield good payoff for your effort). Or, try sprouting right in your own kitchen--sprouted almonds or chick peas are especially fine.
In fact, if you've never made hummus with soaked, sprouted chickpeas, you are in for a treat.
Click here for great tips on sprouting chickpeas (garbanzo beans) from The Daily Raw Cafe.
Then, use your sprouted beauties to make this yummy recipe...
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Yes, garlic scapes. People will tell you that removing the scape once it takes on its characteristic lance or spear shape will direct more energy towards the garlic head growing under the surface of your garden soil.
This is almost certainly true. But personally, if I miss a scape or two when harvesting for the garlicky green wonders this time of year, I don't notice that much of a head size difference between the plants I scaped (or "de-scaped") and those I skipped in the excitement.
The point is moot. Why harvest scapes? To enjoy home-grown garlic now without jumping the gun on those still-developing heads underground! Cut the scape where it emerges from the leaves and cook it up--chop and use as regular garlic, grill whole, you name it.
Some folks pull the scape right out of the center of the garlic stalk (it makes a pluck sound). I think cutting with a scissors, pruning shears or sharp knife is least likely to damage plants.
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On their way from Madison, Wisconson to the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit, a dedicated group of environmental enthusiasts parked their bikes (and bus, and tents) on the future Cottage Lane development surrounding my house.
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Strawberries come in three varieties based on their growth habit. June-bearing plants typically provide an abundant harvest June--good for preserving. Ever-bearing plants offer a mid-sized June harvest, some berries through the summer, and a smaller harvest in early autumn. Day-neutral strawberries depend on the amount of light they receive to determine fruit production. If growing your own is still more of a dream than a plan, enjoy some of the delicious berries grown by your local farmer. Allen St. Farmers Market is hosting their Strawberry Festival on June 30th--the perfect chance to sample some fresh berries and more.
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With all the hype about local-this and organic-that, it's understandable to experience some food-info overload. Between the hard core Monsanto stooges and reactionary neo-hippies, it can be hard to find a moderate discourse on food that doesn't devolve to extreme sloganeering. Here are a few basic things to consider when evaluating food choices.
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Lansing's Hunter Park hosted one of the Be a Tourist in Your Own Town sites Saturday with their World Day, featuring fantastic music and a vibe reminiscent of nineteen-sixties sit-ins as portrayed on the television shows of that decade. One of the highlights for me was the young mom occupying her two daughters to the point of hilarity by playing fetch with a hula-hoop.
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