We are so happy to be able to participate with such an awesome site, and offer a great deal to a whole new gang of veggie lovers! Pretty soon this main page will be the store itself, but for all you newbies who have stopped by to shop, just click the SHOP button on the right and you’ll get whisked away to the garden patch…cheers!
I just recently found time to read the FALL edition of Edible Portland (www.edibleportland.com), a fabulous FREE magazine found online and in the big natural foods markets. An article that caught my attention profiles Stahlbush Island Farms in Corvallis, OR., who has built a first-of-its-kind biogas plant that burns their own crop residue for fuel and has made them 100% energy independent. Very Cool. This kind is the kind of thing that makes me a little giddy- local food, energy independence, possibilities for a sane future…
Here is the link to the farm: http://www.stahlbush.com/sustainable-farming/energy/, and if you want to read the article, go to the Edible Portland site, go to the archives, and open up the Fall 2010 issue, it’s on page 35.
OK, so I did some research and learned that Asparagus is considered the Queen of Vegetables, and I thought EASY, Asparagus, great as she is (especially marinated in balsamic and olive oil, sprinkled with parmesan, and served with eggs over toast…) doesn’t have a blog, so I can still be Queen.
Then I found Jill, who actually IS the Queen of Veggies, and has a really great sounding book that I have to order. She is an RD, folks (a path upon which I nearly tread), so she’s got some stature there. But not only is she an RD and an author, she speaks all over, teaches, does consulting and more all in worship to vegetables, not to mention she has this seemingly huge and loyal fan base. I shall recommend you check her right out at www.theveggiequeen.com (yes, she even has the domain).
I hope Jill and I can be friends, and as if I had any choice, I will now symbolically and publicly hand over the crown I fantasized I might wear, and instead don my Pea shirt and call it good. I can be the Veggie Princess, perhaps.
Greetings! As is clear, I haven’t posted here for some time. Many reasons for that, but I’m sure the main one is that I’ve not had a very clear idea as to what the heck this blog is gonna be about. I was just toying with the idea of getting rid of it all together, and using Facebook as my main platform for communications. But after some reading, I was enlightened as to the true beauty of a blog, as it was well put by some tweeter-er: “Blogging is for deeper conversations with a longer shelf life for a broader audience”. So I’m keeping the blog and attempting to refine its purpose in hopes of offering something kinda juicy to my people, which can be a tall order in this media-crazed world.
The original theme of the blog was “positive news from the food revolution”; basically a funnel for all the interesting, inspiring tales I come across in my attempt to feel hopeful, at least about the direction of our food system. And I like this theme, but I wasn’t quite sure how it related very directly with my T-shirts which, well, I’d like to sell some of.
So I’ve decided to broaden the fertile field a bit, and rather than focus solely on farming stuff, basically just become the undisputed Queen of Vegetables on the internet, since that’s what this is all about. I LOVE VEGETABLES. And I’m guessing you do too, if you’re here. So maybe someday you will feel inspired to purchase a lovely symbol of your affections over in the shop, but in the meantime I’d love for you to hang out here, subscribe even, and participate in what I hope to be the greatest, most thrilling collection of veggie news, stories, and lore on the web, and I promise I’ll keep the veggie jokes to a minimum (though please do share yours!). Now I guess I have to Google ‘Vegetable Queen’ to see who I’m up against. I’ll let you know!
Sorry for the long pause in posts… I got so busy with getting the store launched, which happened at the beginning of July, then promptly took off for a family visit/vacation during which I managed to not work too much.
Anyway, todays post is courtesy of my Mom, and is a quick read about a cool event happening next week in New York. The goal is to take the fear of starting a garden away through hands-on and visual education.
Since MOST people are beginners at MOST things, it really is easy to get people started in just about anything you already know something about, like gardening. Hope this inspires those-who-know to share, and those-who-do-not to learn!
With so much horrific news coming out of the Southern Gulf region, here’s a hopeful little nugget about some local-food-saving-the-world real-life news from down yonder….
*Sending our blessings to the ravaged coast and it’s inhabitants*
Lynn Rosetto Kasper (host of NPR’s The Splendid Table) said she was “green with envy” on last weeks show, due to the fact that food & farming guru Michael Pollan (*SWOON*) has had a tomato variety named after him. How very cool! It’s the least anyone could do for this man, THE voice of reason amidst the chaos and utter insanity of our present food system. Read all about it here, and be sure to get all in a huff about the question of heirloom varieties…
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Detroit? Farming Mecca?! My 1st story for you is one of the greatest things I’ve read in a while. I’m from Lansing, MI, just under 2 hours Northwest of Detroit, so this idea is of special interest to me, but anyone who lands here is probably going to dig the it.
I’ve been known to speak about how Detroit could well rise up from it’s tattered industrial history and become something entirely new (bittersweet how adversity lends itself so well to transformation), but this article poses a vision far beyond what I could have dreamt up.
The author makes it seem plausible. To begin with, Detroit is already vacant of big box stores. Imagine, not a Costco or Walmart for miles around…and they’ve got a supportive mayor and strong grassroots community organization.
I’ll leave you to read the story, and I encourage you to try to shush all those voices that will come up saying”yeah right” and the like, and just allow yourself to sink deeply into this possibility…