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Real Food

July 14th, 2012

Maybe most important, farm food itself is totally different from what most people now thing of as food: none of those colorful boxed and bagged products, precut, parboiled, ready to eat, and engineered to appeal to our basic desires. We were selling the opposite: naked, unprocessed food, two steps from the dirt.

Kristin Kimball from The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love

The main reason I started an edible garden is because I was dissatisfied with the quality of produce at the grocery store. There’s just something about food that’s freshly plucked from the garden. I still buy some things at my local farmer’s market, but even that isn’t quite as good as something that’s only minutes from plant to plate.

This week we’ve been enjoying so many wonderful homegrown vegetables: beets, potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, and all kinds of herbs to season and add flavor. Every morning we’ve been enjoying harvest vegetable hash with eggs poached on top – life is truly good! (for my recipe visit Eat Outside the Bag).

What are you enjoying from the garden this week?

8 Comments to “Real Food”
  1. jennifer fisk on July 14, 2012 at 6:55 am

    This week it is peas, broccoli, lettuces and the end of the spinach until the fall planting.

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  2. Melissa on July 14, 2012 at 6:57 am

    We’ve enjoyed green beans, corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, okra, and lots of basil!

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  3. Cheryl on July 14, 2012 at 7:07 am

    We discovered some yellow cherry tomatoes were ready. Very yummy!

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  4. Sherri on July 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Gorgeous! This week, we have eaten chard, beets, lettuce, peas, broccoli, kale, lots of herbs and some juicy, red strawberries – all from our garden :) The raspberries are threatening to ripen in a matter of days…. So yummy and so fresh – even my children can taste the difference – they tend to turn their noses up at store bought produce claiming that it “smells bad, has no taste and the texture is like cardboard”. Kids are smart, LOL.

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  5. KimH on July 14, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I too, love real food. I was raised on it & for most of my life, thats what I’ve eaten. Others around me arent so inclined but will eat whatever is made. ;)

    From my garden, Im eating zucchinis & cherry tomatoes. I was shocked to find both since I waited so late to plant, but the tomatoes came from volunteer plants so I shouldnt be that surprised.

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  6. Nebraska Dave on July 14, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Susy, yea!! My first tomato from the new garden was plucked on July 11th. It was momentous occasion. Two more should be ready today. Let the harvest begin. It’s just not summer until the first bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich is eaten.

    Have a great harvest day.

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    • Chicago Mike on July 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      That first tomato of the year. Its almost magical! One of my favorite annual moments.

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  7. Chicago Mike on July 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Your garden is ahead of mine!

    Blackberries, Turnips, little yellow pear tomatoes, herbs, and our first round of cucumbers.


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