Posts tagged ‘garden’

October 20, 2012

Just Another Saturday

When the morning begins with sunshine and a trip to the Falls Church Farmers’ Market, you can be pretty sure it’s going to be a good day. There were lots of wonderful things at the market today. We still have some summer produce (tomatoes and watermelon were seen today!), but lots of fall produce too.

Our two favorite finds are in the picture below: chanterelle mushrooms and fresh ginger! Must use the ginger and the Napa cabbage in a dish this week.

The chanterelle mushrooms were featured in our breakfast today – with lemon thyme from our garden. They have a wonderful flavor and texture and were quickly consumed! Eggs, cider, and bacon from our dairy delivery (South Mountain Creamery). The avocados, of course, are not. On a side note, when we lived in Bolivia, we had an avocado tree in our front yard. There is nothing like being able to wake up and walk outside and grab an avocado off the tree for breakfast….not something we can do here in Northern Virginia.

And we just had to spend some time in the back yard because it was so darn beautiful out!


Now to bring the day to a close with some beautiful singing.  Here’s hoping you had a wonderful Saturday too!

June 3, 2012

Our Garden in June

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April 22, 2012

Signs of Spring – Happy Earth Day All!

Earth Day is cool and wet, but the day before Earth Day dawned sunny and warm. Signs of spring were everywhere.

1. The farmer’s market is filling out – no crepes yet, but our favorite produce vendors are back.

2. The colors of the market are changing. Now we see brilliant red,

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September 28, 2011

Sun, Sustainability, and Survival

What should you do this weekend?  If you live in the greater DC area, I’d recommend a visit to the 2011 Solar Decathlon in West Potomac Park. And, why, you are probably wondering, is this post being written on the Family Foodie Survival Guide?

Well, the way I see it, survival depends upon sunlight and energy, and I think that living sustainably is one way to contribute to our long-term survival. And showing our kids how to incorporate food production into daily living is critical (having kids think that ham comes from an animal called a ham is just not okay). The teams that created the net-zero homes are thinking the same thing. These homes set the bar high for thinking about ways that each of us can leave a small footprint on our planet.

And of course, survival depends upon food! And many, many of these homes incorporate food-producing gardens into their design.  So I thought that you all, dear readers, might enjoy seeing some of these creative ideas and consider whether you could incorporate them into your own home.  Each home has a name, and a theme…

Let’s start at the most local competitor, the University of Maryland. This team created WaterShed, where incredible trellises shade your porch in a vertical garden and produce grapes and blackberries, and you can step off your porch into a vegetable garden.

And there’s room on the porch right outside the kitchen for a compact composter.

Moving a bit north, the team from Middlebury College in Vermont, brings us Self-Reliance, with a greenhouse wall integrated into the kitchen.

and included plenty of storage for canned produce for long winters,

And a visit to Re_Home from Team Illinois, designed to be rapidly constructed after a natural disaster, walks you up to the entrance through planters filled with enticing edibles,

and says goodbye with towering cornstalks.

Even the Solar Roofpod intended for installation on top of skyscrapers in New York includes and plans for food-producing gardens on the rooftop.


So, take the quote below to heart, and if you have a few hours to spend to dream about the possible, head on down!  There are many more houses to see, and lots more to learn about besides the gardens!

May 25, 2011

Lettuce Among Us

So we planted lots of seeds about 6 weeks ago.  And our plants have been growing — but nothing has been ready for harvesting EXCEPT our lettuce.  For the past two weeks or so, we have been enjoying back yard salads every night.  And tonight was the first night that we were able to make a salad for five using only the lettuce and arugula from our garden.

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