QOTW: Do you grow with end dishes in mind?

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Registered: 11-18-2008
QOTW: Do you grow with end dishes in mind?
Mon, 06-06-2011 - 3:11pm

iVillage and Triscuit would love to know...

When you garden, do you grow with the end dish in mind?

Our friends at Triscuit invite you to join the Home Farming movement by growing your own veggies and herbs at home. It's easy. It all begins with a love of fresh, home-grown food... and a seed.


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Registered: 02-19-2009
Mon, 06-06-2011 - 5:00pm
We usually grow by what we like and the ingredients we use frequently.

I rarely cook with tomatoes because DH and I don't care for them, but our kids love to eat them raw off the vine. Now that's a cheap and healthy snack!

I grow lettuce for salads, which technically is an end dish!

Otherwise, the rest is added to meals here and there - onions, carrots, potatoes, squash, peppers and so on. I like to find new recipes to try out, so I'm always doing searches based on what we've recently harvested.
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Registered: 11-16-2001
Mon, 06-06-2011 - 9:59pm
It's something that I'm thinking of doing especially to get varieties that aren't available here.
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Registered: 01-03-2001
Tue, 06-07-2011 - 12:18pm

I grow what I like, and what will grow here (I miss my California garden where I could grow just about anything from February through November!).

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Tue, 06-07-2011 - 12:31pm
Yes! We actually purposely planted last year with salsa (one of hubby's favorites) and year round fresh green beans in mind. Our green beens, peppers, and onions turned out fantastic but our tomatoes were a bust. We had to use tomatoes from one of our friend's garden in another state to make a few batches of salsa.

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Tue, 06-07-2011 - 12:32pm

PS --- I joined but it won't let me add my "farm" to the map...

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Registered: 05-03-2004
Tue, 06-07-2011 - 6:19pm

I just grow what we like and what groes best in our area - never with an end dish in mind. Because you can never guarantee what that harvest will be.

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Registered: 06-06-2001
Wed, 06-08-2011 - 6:30pm
I definitely grow most things with an end dish in mind. We love eggplant cooked various ways, but I also think they're so pretty when they're growing, too--even the flowers are interesting. We definitely also grow hot peppers for dishes and salsa, which we make with fresh tomatoes. I love having tomatoes that I freeze for other dishes in the winter, too.

Each year I try to get a little better at keeping food year round, too. So, I tend to plant onions and squash that I can store and still eat through the winter. I loved having onions, potoatoes, turnips, and a variety of herbs in our Thanksgiving dinner last November. It feels even more like a traditional Thanksgiving to me when I've grown food for the meal myself.


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