Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring is in the Air – it’s time to start Gardening

It’s been so beautiful the last few days, the tulips and freesia are starting to bloom, the leaves on the rose bushes are lush, the beloved forget-me-not blossoms are beginning to emerge, and I’m aching to get out to the raised beds and prepare them for the Spring and Summer.
We decided to not grow a bunch of veggies this year because we now have a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) membership with SoilBorn Farms ( here in Sacramento. We’ve been on their waiting list and just received word that we’re in! Each week we will pick up a box of assorted vegetables and we are looking forward to trying new things and “eating close to the source”. Just yesterday two books I had recently ordered arrived in the mail – “Slow Food Nation's – Come To The Table” and the Alice Waters cookbook “The Art of Simple Food”. We are totally on board with adopting the philosophy of eating food that can be traced to its source and that is produced without chemical and/or industrial processes. We now have a couple of Alice Waters' cookbooks and instead of just reading the recipes we are going to actually cook some of them (and be sure to make a visit to her Café in Berkeley). So, the raised beds will contain more herbs, flowers and probably just some tomato plants. We have a threat of rain this weekend yet I’m hoping to get out into the dirt and get my hands dirty.
Some Ideals To Strive Towards

Eat locally & sustainably

Eat seasonally

Shop at farmers’ markets

Plant a garden

Conserve, compost & recycle

Cook simply

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