Have you read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle?

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Have you read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle?
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Tue, 02-14-2012 - 7:01pm

Anyone read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver? It inspired me to recommit to local / seasonal foods! I admit to having asparagus last night, which is definitely NOT in season in Colorado in February but, for the most part, we're doing well.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is about Barbara Kingsolver's family and their commitment to a full year of local (only) eating. They move from AZ to a farm in NC where they plant extensive gardens, raise chickens and turkeys, make their own cheese and bread, and purchase grains from local farms. It's a great story, well written and fascinating for those interested in seasonal cooking.

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Tue, 02-14-2012 - 7:08pm

LOL Unfortunately we would starve due to my green thumb.

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Tue, 02-14-2012 - 7:34pm
No haven't read it but sounds interesting...I do grow veggies and try and buy from the farmers around us but hard in the winter months.
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Tue, 02-14-2012 - 7:35pm
Wish I could get you to grow my veggies.
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Tue, 02-14-2012 - 7:45pm
LOL move here and I'll grow any veggie you want!
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Tue, 02-14-2012 - 7:50pm
LOL Might take me a while to save up the airfare. My mint is still alive so I guess there is hope for me and my brown thumb yet. Smile
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Wed, 02-15-2012 - 1:59pm

I know just what you mean. We garden, but we're not great at it...just learning a little more each season. I do try to can some things, like tomato sauce, to use over the winter. Mostly we use a delivery service, like you said, during the colder months. I'm really getting sick of potatoes and onions right now though.

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Wed, 02-15-2012 - 4:49pm

Sounds like you are getting there a bit at a time. When we lived back in Sydney the soil and climate was much easier to grow most veggies and I had a large veggie garden and no chemicals. I thought I would do it here but quickly found out that the dirt is solid red clay, the summers very very hot, too hot for a lot of things and the winters get very cold at night, lots of frosts. I gave up.

Potatoes and onions can get a bit old all the time. I really scored on carrots and found if you buy local organic ones they keep for ages too. I picked up a bag on sale for $3 and that normally means a small bag but must have been a bumper crop as the big bag was 5kg/10lb10oz. Needless I have found lots of ways to use them up including carrot soup and variation and they are so good roasted in the oven with just about everything. I even shared some with a neighbour. If you can get ones that are really fresh you could keep them for ages to mix with those potatoes and onions. I also always avoided the small packets of dehydrated peas that are in the supermarkets here near the canned veggies. Kept thinking look at the price. Then I tried them, so much nicer than frozen as a backstop and they keep forever. You only use a small amount for a serving I tip out of the packets and into a jar. No problems like with frozen if the power goes off.Might be something you could look at next winter. By the way what has your Winter been like? I have to say that here Summer has almost totally missed us. Not happy about that but the A/c has been only on a few times so I guess that is good for the power bill.

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Wed, 02-15-2012 - 8:06pm
I think we've had a mild winter here. The temps have gotten pretty cold at times, but mother nature always seems to give us a few sunny days in between cold spells to remind us that spring is coming. It seems as if we've gotten less snow than normal, but I think I always say that in February, then we get dumped on for the next three months! In general, June is pleasant, July and August are hot, September is pleasant and all the rest of the months are cold. We're in the mountains though, so it's not the norm for the whole state of Colorado.
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Wed, 02-15-2012 - 10:48pm
From what I have been hearing it seems like mild weather has been the norm all over, mind you not in Italy. Gee 8 months of cold. I don't think I would survive in that. I hate the cold and my definition of cold is not really that bad LOL. I am thinking that would make it hard to grow a lot of things unless you have some shelter. What are you growing (or should I make that trying to grow) lol, right now?
I have really missed Summer although in the last couple of weeks we have been using the pool at night. Hoping to tonight too. Only 30C/86F here right now and that is way under what it should be, but hey it is sunny and supposed to rain for the next three weeks so making the most of it. I am chilling some champagne and making a cheese and dip platter to take out there tonight.
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Thu, 02-16-2012 - 9:12am
waltonsmith wrote:
From what I have been hearing it seems like mild weather has been the norm all over, mind you not in Italy. Gee 8 months of cold. I don't think I would survive in that. I hate the cold and my definition of cold is not really that bad LOL. I am thinking that would make it hard to grow a lot of things unless you have some shelter. What are you growing (or should I make that trying to grow) lol, right now?
Right now, nothing. It was only 24*F yesterday. We do have a little heater in the greenhouse, but it would cost way too much to keep it heated over the winter. I'd like to get solar panels one day, but still...the cost outweighs the benefit at this point. In the spring we'll do several varieties each of potatoes, tomatoes, onions, garlic, squash, peppers, beans, cucumbers, lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli.
I have really missed Summer although in the last couple of weeks we have been using the pool at night. Hoping to tonight too. Only 30C/86F here right now and that is way under what it should be, but hey it is sunny and supposed to rain for the next three weeks so making the most of it. I am chilling some champagne and making a cheese and dip platter to take out there tonight.
How nice! Remind me to come visit!

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