“Fizzy vegetables” – Fermenting foods for fun and science 

As a parent of small children who are homebound during the pandemic, I am giddily excited about any project that checks multiple boxes on my to-do list—especially those related to food, education, entertainment, and household chores. My most recent effort has been home vegetable fermentation, and it’s been surprisingly fun. We’ve tried cabbage, carrots, and cauliflower so far. Our three year old calls these “fizzy vegetables,” and he eats them.

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Gardening with Veg in Mind

It is well known that gardening tends to improve one’s quality of life. Gardening gets you out in the fresh air (while respecting social distancing), adds positive energy into your life, gives you something fun to do, and provides a new activity that the whole family can participate in. It would be best to plant ASAP to get into this summer season.

Gardening is the number one hobby in the U.S. There are gardening shows on YouTube set in the United Kingdom. But there are also gardening shows here in the U.S. by homesteaders, with most taking place in the South. Recently, these homesteading YouTubers are recommending growing quick crops like lettuce, spinach, peas, and beans, which are okay for growing here in the Pacific Northwest. The cabbage family (kale, broccoli, etc.) are also great for the Pacific Northwest, although it might be getting too warm for them now. Tomatoes and peppers require lots of sun, and need to be planted as starts. Continue reading “Gardening with Veg in Mind”

Going Veg.

Two months ago, I made the change to a plant-based diet, largely eliminating my consumption of meat, fish, dairy, and eggs. While I’ve certainly had my share of challenges since then, going meatless has also allowed me to appreciate food in new ways.

Many people choose to be vegetarian or vegan for ethical reasons; others adopt a plant-based diet for health reasons. For me, it was a combination of the two. Still others are curious about what it’s like to live with fewer animal products. Maybe you’re interested in trying it out, but have no idea where to start and how to do it in a healthful, balanced way. Whatever your reason for reading this far, here are some resources for venturing into the plant-based world should you choose to do so. Continue reading “Going Veg.”

Farmers Markets

columbia-farmers-market1With the sun beginning to peek out of the sky a bit more lately, it’s now the time for the seasonal farmer’s markets to be opening. The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance’s calendar lists Magnolia opening this Saturday, May 23, followed by Phinney on Friday, May 29, and Lake City on Thursday, June 4. The Columbia City Farmers Market opened in late April, Broadway on May 10 and – lucky! – both the University District and West Seattle ones are open year round. The Ballard Sunday Farmers Market has an official blog which lists what’s fresh now and has a list of neighbors’ businesses.  There will be a grand opening of the Meadowbrook Farmers Market, to be located on the grounds of the Seattle Waldorf School, on Sunday, May 31, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you are planning to travel around Washington state, the Washington State Farmers Market Association web site lists over 125 farmers markets.

Curious for more facts about where these crops come from? organic-farming2A library catalog search for organic farming finds titles like Organic Farming: Everything You Need to Know by Peter Fossel. Many cookbooks cover recipes with natural foods ingredients.  The Farm to Table Cookbook: the Art of Eating Locally by Ivy Manning includes yummy dishes from Northwest chefs and restaurants.

And, one could not mention this topic without asking when was the last time that you, a neighbor or a visiting relative went to the Pike Place Market? Have you been lucky enough to catch one of those flying fish?