Comments on: 52 Weeks Down - Week 5 - Eat Seasonally http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/28/52-weeks-down-week-5-eat-seasonally/ Sharon Astyk's Ruminations on an Ambiguous Future Thu, 04 Dec 2008 01:29:24 +0000 #?v=2.3.2 By: Anonymous http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/28/52-weeks-down-week-5-eat-seasonally/#comment-1242 Anonymous Thu, 31 May 2007 18:31:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/28/52-weeks-down-week-5-eat-seasonally/#comment-1242 IMO, hothouse on a very small scale, as long as you aren't putting huge amounts of energy into it, can't be bad. If you have a unheated greenhouse in place or a cold frame or whatever, why not grow one or two out of season treats for yourself and perhaps a few friends. <br/>MEA IMO, hothouse on a very small scale, as long as you aren’t putting huge amounts of energy into it, can’t be bad. If you have a unheated greenhouse in place or a cold frame or whatever, why not grow one or two out of season treats for yourself and perhaps a few friends.
MEA

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By: Anonymous http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/28/52-weeks-down-week-5-eat-seasonally/#comment-1241 Anonymous Thu, 31 May 2007 18:29:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/28/52-weeks-down-week-5-eat-seasonally/#comment-1241 We had the first perslain (sp?) from the garden on Sat -- we can weed and eat at the same time.<br/><br/>And the first CSA share arrives next Sat. Lots of greens.<br/><br/>MEA We had the first perslain (sp?) from the garden on Sat — we can weed and eat at the same time.

And the first CSA share arrives next Sat. Lots of greens.

MEA

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By: anna in canada http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/28/52-weeks-down-week-5-eat-seasonally/#comment-1240 anna in canada Tue, 29 May 2007 18:59:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/28/52-weeks-down-week-5-eat-seasonally/#comment-1240 I love the recipe ideas--particularly since I just had a . . . "discussion" . . . with someone who is doing the 100-mile diet, is shopping at the local farmer's market here on Vancouver Island, and got some "local" cucumbers and tomatoes. Well, there's no way that they're actually seasonal! They're hothouse. I'm curious as to whether there's a way to do hothouse growing sustainable--but I have my doubts. Besides, nowhere do these products even suggest that they are "organic," which means they're not! Which means a water problem, an electricity issue, and so on. <br/><br/>What I really appreciate about coming to this blog is the air of adventure it presents. Although the news is not always good, the solutions are *there*. News is never bad--even if it's "bad" news. Information is never a bad thing to have. Paralysis due to panic is BAD, but here I'm really finding a pioneer spirit instead!<br/><br/>By the way--for those who are looking for an alternative to lemons as a seasoning--here where there are no lemon trees--there's a species of sumac tree (not the "poison sumac", obviously!) the seeds of which taste lemony. Apparently, it's used like salt and pepper on tables in the middle east . . . I love the recipe ideas–particularly since I just had a . . . “discussion” . . . with someone who is doing the 100-mile diet, is shopping at the local farmer’s market here on Vancouver Island, and got some “local” cucumbers and tomatoes. Well, there’s no way that they’re actually seasonal! They’re hothouse. I’m curious as to whether there’s a way to do hothouse growing sustainable–but I have my doubts. Besides, nowhere do these products even suggest that they are “organic,” which means they’re not! Which means a water problem, an electricity issue, and so on.

What I really appreciate about coming to this blog is the air of adventure it presents. Although the news is not always good, the solutions are *there*. News is never bad–even if it’s “bad” news. Information is never a bad thing to have. Paralysis due to panic is BAD, but here I’m really finding a pioneer spirit instead!

By the way–for those who are looking for an alternative to lemons as a seasoning–here where there are no lemon trees–there’s a species of sumac tree (not the “poison sumac”, obviously!) the seeds of which taste lemony. Apparently, it’s used like salt and pepper on tables in the middle east . . .

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By: Anonymous http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/28/52-weeks-down-week-5-eat-seasonally/#comment-1239 Anonymous Tue, 29 May 2007 14:52:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/28/52-weeks-down-week-5-eat-seasonally/#comment-1239 You can also use the tasty radish greens, slicing them fine and putting them in with mixed greens, or use in a stir-fry. <br/><br/>Lynnet in Colorado You can also use the tasty radish greens, slicing them fine and putting them in with mixed greens, or use in a stir-fry.

Lynnet in Colorado

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By: Chile http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/28/52-weeks-down-week-5-eat-seasonally/#comment-1238 Chile Tue, 29 May 2007 14:04:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/28/52-weeks-down-week-5-eat-seasonally/#comment-1238 Radishes are also good in a vegetable stirfry. Just slice thinly or grate them, and toss them in about halfway through the cooking time. As Sharon says, cooking really mellows the flavor.<br/><br/>At our CSA, we often discuss how eating seasonally requires a shift in thinking, from a recipe-driven menu to an ingredients-driven menu. We have had a great beet season and it's interesting to find out how people are dealing with all the bounty. I think we're all looking foreward to summer corn and watermelons! Radishes are also good in a vegetable stirfry. Just slice thinly or grate them, and toss them in about halfway through the cooking time. As Sharon says, cooking really mellows the flavor.

At our CSA, we often discuss how eating seasonally requires a shift in thinking, from a recipe-driven menu to an ingredients-driven menu. We have had a great beet season and it’s interesting to find out how people are dealing with all the bounty. I think we’re all looking foreward to summer corn and watermelons!

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By: RAS http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/28/52-weeks-down-week-5-eat-seasonally/#comment-1237 RAS Mon, 28 May 2007 14:49:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/28/52-weeks-down-week-5-eat-seasonally/#comment-1237 It's all ready getting hot here, so all the greens but lettuce are going away. The last of my spinach has bolted. :( I might try to eat it anyway! There's herbs galore, and fresh strawberries. Usually there's lots of early peaches but most of them got wiped out by the late frost. The potatoes are up and growing, the first tomatoes will be in in a month, and in the meantime there's some root vegetables, plenty of salad greens, and early squash. I'm making a stew tonight with local potatoes (from storage), some squash, and a turnip from the freezer, and maybe some other things. Yum. It’s all ready getting hot here, so all the greens but lettuce are going away. The last of my spinach has bolted. :( I might try to eat it anyway! There’s herbs galore, and fresh strawberries. Usually there’s lots of early peaches but most of them got wiped out by the late frost. The potatoes are up and growing, the first tomatoes will be in in a month, and in the meantime there’s some root vegetables, plenty of salad greens, and early squash. I’m making a stew tonight with local potatoes (from storage), some squash, and a turnip from the freezer, and maybe some other things. Yum.

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By: jewishfarmer http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/28/52-weeks-down-week-5-eat-seasonally/#comment-1236 jewishfarmer Mon, 28 May 2007 14:42:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/28/52-weeks-down-week-5-eat-seasonally/#comment-1236 Hi Jana -<br/><br/>Have you tried cooking the radishes? If you don't like them raw, you might like them steamed, or mashed. They have a nice flavor, and the bite gets to be less that way.<br/><br/>Germans eat radishes sliced very thinly on bread with lots of butter. I've had that - it was pretty good.<br/><br/>Sharon Hi Jana -

Have you tried cooking the radishes? If you don’t like them raw, you might like them steamed, or mashed. They have a nice flavor, and the bite gets to be less that way.

Germans eat radishes sliced very thinly on bread with lots of butter. I’ve had that - it was pretty good.

Sharon

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By: Jana http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/28/52-weeks-down-week-5-eat-seasonally/#comment-1235 Jana Mon, 28 May 2007 14:27:00 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2007/05/28/52-weeks-down-week-5-eat-seasonally/#comment-1235 We have had several salads this spring and the peas are just getting ready. Radishes are plentiful, but I planted too many and they are not a favorite. They are just so easy to grow I hate not to. That is about all that is being harvested right now in out little plot. We have had several salads this spring and the peas are just getting ready. Radishes are plentiful, but I planted too many and they are not a favorite. They are just so easy to grow I hate not to. That is about all that is being harvested right now in out little plot.

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