Swiss Chard Doesn't Have To Be Hard

Just saying the word “chard” is enough to keep many people from eating this vegetable.  At least that’s what happened in my case.  Say it with me. “Chard.” It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. ...more

Sharing local foods with the wider community

As October comes to a close, the Eat Local Challenge is thinking bigger and looking for ways to spread locavorism beyond our home kitchens. Week Four (October 24 - 31): Taking it to the Community Week four will focus on eating locally within our communities. We can host potlucks and eat local parties, we can check in with our schools to hear whether they are supporting local farmers with their buying decisions. ...more

There are some great ideas here. I attended a slow food feast last weekend that benefited a ...more

Monday Dose of Market: Weird Fall Vegetables

Here I thought vegetables would start to get boring with shorter days and cold weather.  Nope.  Totally wrong.   Don't ask me what to do with any of these because I have no idea, though a few of them I have noticed in the fall recipe section of Ivy Manning's Farm to Table Cookbook.  I'll  do some perusing this week, then see if any of them come back  to market next week.  Market visited this week = Portland Saturday Market at Portland State University. Exhibit A: Romanesco...more

Farmers Markets Offerings: Local, Organic, Seasonal, in Plastic?

What's more ironic than local, organic, seasonal food encased in plastic? That's what I wondered back in 2007 when I first started my quest to eliminate unnecessary plastic from my life. A trip to my local farmers market revealed more than just fruits and vegetables. Have a look at a few photos I shot: ...more

@prophetlady  Thanks for your comment.  It's frustrating to bring my own container ...more

Baby Steps #1

Once Upon A Time...Like many of us, I was a member of the life changing cult that is Weight Watchers.  I lost over 50 pounds.  When I was on plan, I felt... well, not so much great, but I knew what it felt like to not ache constantly.  I needed new clothes.  I got a great bonding experience with my mother (and the rest of my family, when we went out afterwords) when she and I went together.  It was kind of cool.  Wait, scratch that.  It was really cool.  But, for some reason, we both fell out of it.  ...more

I meant "saving" money.  Not "having" money.  Whoops.


Involving your families in the Eat Local Challenge

This week, the Eat Local Challenge asks participants to look at how to expand the challenge to families....more

Overcoming the challenge of eating locally

This week's Eat Local Challenge focus is Personal Challenges.How can we personally eat locally in a sustainable manner? What is the "low-hanging fruit" with regard to eating locally that we can easily change during this week?...more

Luckily, living here in Austin, our farmers' markets still have a lot to choose from in the ...more

Tongue of Fire Beans. And a Tongue of Fire for the People Who Decided How to Name Beans.

I have a bone to pick with the Bean People.  Dear Bean People: I am writing to express my extreme frustration with the naming of beans.  Was it really a good idea to call something a bean, and then when it grows to maturity, also call the seeds that grow inside the bean, beans?  Why reserve “pod” only for peas when “pod” seems to apply so well here.  And who came up with calling what should be called a pod, a shell?   Merriam Webster Online Dictionary defines shell as “the covering or outside part of a fruit or seed especially when hard or fibrous.”  So perhaps you can see why someone like me might think that removing the skin from the beans inside the bean is what it means to shell a bean, instead of just simply removing the pod.  In my opinion, a pod is most definitely not a “shell”.  If you would like more people to eat beans, I think it is time to reconsider the naming of beans. Sincerely, The Veggie Ignoramus...more

Where Safety is Always in Fashion   ...more