An Amazing weekend I participated in last December is having another round and this time I'm determined to let as many people as I can know about it!
The Power Off Weekend is organised by Malcolm Handoll from the Orkney Islands, who along with his wife, does his best to live as ecologically as possible. The idea behind the weekend is to turn off your electric (11pm on a Friday ) and leave it off until 11pm on the Sunday.
A whole 48 hrs without TV, internet, radio, lights, fridge, electric cookers and heaters....what will you do?
To those of you still mired in the throes of winter around the country, I bring tidings from an early spring. Here in Northern California, spring vegetables are starting to show up in our local farmer's market, and, groundhog prognostication or not, they will be showing up in local farmers' markets all over the country very soon. The season is about to change, and with that change comes a fresh crop of bright new flavors. One of the spring crops I'm always excited to see is green garlic, a young crop of garlic that looks similar to a green onion but offers a subdued version of mature garlic's flavor....more
Last week, I was so taken in with the baby chicks for sale at Denver Urban Homesteading’s Indoor Farmers’ Market, that I didn’t post pictures of other vendors from the market. There is a surprising amount of variety for February! While fresh veggies are in short supply, vendors like Ginger’s Gourmet had the good sense to put up concoctions like zucchini relish last summer....more
“Do you ever get embarrassed?” A journalist following my plastic-free life put that question to me as I handed the butcher my stainless steel pot. I was buying ground meat for my homemade cat food. In my own container. Waste-free. “No,” I answered flippantly. “I haven’t been embarrassed about anything since I turned 40.” But the answer wasn’t quite that simple. I do realize that my actions can seem extreme to many… okay most… people. And it’s not always easy to buck the status quo.
It took me awhile to find purple top turnip inspiration. I sat, pen in hand, blank paper in front of me, and……nothing. I tried saying “TURNIP” out loud, hoping that might awaken some hidden enthusiasm. Googling for purple top turnips reveals that most of the turnips in the world are grown as forage for cattle. Turnips for human consumption are widely viewed with suspicion.
Wildfire Farms brought 100 baby chicks to the Denver Urban Homesteading Indoor Market this past weekend. These future egg-producers are Rhode Island Reds, Buff Orpingtons, Plymouth Barred Rocks, and Araucanas. Cute is an understatement.