Thursday, July 26, 2012

Today's Coop- The Right Thing



It's in the news every week now, the controversy that swirls around the safety of our food is discussed at great length. There's hardly a day goes by that you don't read something negative about America's food supply. A farmer's job is to grow the food, whether it's vegetables or meat, to make sure from farm to table it's the healthiest that they can produce. They work with veterinarians and nutritionists to adopt new methods for improved crops and animal health. Too bad they don't report on these new methods to the general public. As consumers we need to know where our food comes from and how it's grown so that we can make the best choices when we shop. With this summer's drought, farmers are looking at new ideas of drip irrigation rather than the overhead sprinklers that were used for years on commercial farms. You just can't count on Mother Nature consistently to provide the water needed to produce the world's food.

Our ancestors knew a thing or two about saving water, 18th century gardeners made thumb watering pots out of earthenware. Follow the link HERE to make your own from salvaged plastic jugs. Perfect for watering delicate seedlings!

Here's another great way to deep water those tomato plants, Rebecca over at Camp Wander has a great idea using perforated drain pipe. She cuts and places them around each plant, virtually trapping the water so that it slowly feeds the roots!

So if you want to grow some of these, you might need to go visit HERE for some great tips on growing tomatoes. Aunt B. knows what goes good with those fresh slicers too!

A "light lunch" at her house looks like this...

Two go-withs, cold pears and cottage cheese!

Some beet pickles and bread and butters,

A nice tray of deviled eggs,

Chip n' dip, crackers and olives~

Honeydews and cantalope from the garden~

And bacon, nice and crispy!

Treat yourself to the pleasures of Summer, and say thank you to America's Farmers who put food in our mouths every.single.day.

Just Remember...


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11 comments:

  1. I would love to have that lunch! The watering ideas I will definitely use.

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    1. It is pouring here, finally rain after 3 months of heat and drought! Aunt B. can put on a spread!

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  2. I use that watering idea and it is good. LOVE that lunch!

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    1. Trapping the water around each plant would really help cut down on watering the whole area. I'm going to try that next year!

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  3. Growing ones own food is also very satisfying. I nearly danced a jig when I counted all my baby watermelons, pumpkins and cantaloupe growing with vigor. Picking purple peppers is a thrill and you can never have too many tomatoes!

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    1. Jeri, you are so lucky! I have tried and tried to grow watermelon and cantaloupes, but no luck. We have a steep hillside that is perfect for pumpkins and the first year we built out here we had a bumper crop. Then every year since, the deer eat the vines before they ever put on fruit...arrrrg! I agree, you can't have too many peppers or tomatoes!

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  4. That's it! I'm making some deviled eggs...right now! We have a ton of Farmers' Markets around here...they are AWESOME!!!!...:)JP

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    1. Aunt B. has a secret recipe for hers (don't tell anyone... but she uses a little pickle juice from her bread and butter pickles!)

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  5. Been thinking about you! Just popping by to saw 'howdy'.
    Hope you've been ok in this heat!

    xo

    Jayme

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    1. Hey girl! I been chasing my tail all summer, too busy for fun stuff like blogging! I have you in my sidebar so I can keep up with your shenanigans...

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