In previous posts, we’ve discussed the scientific properties of homegrown produce that account for its superior flavor, such as Brix (sweetness), pH (acidity) and volatile organic compounds (aroma). However, we have talked relatively little about how enjoying the food in the context of a backyard farm boosts our perception of its quality. It’s one of the reasons we encourage members to locate their raised beds gardens prominently in their landscapes rather than tucking them away in a distant corner of the yard. When you layer the quality of the produce on top of being around the context where it’s grown, it’s a great experience.
This orzo salad is a dish that screams "Welcome to Summer!" with its crisp vegetables, fresh dill, and tangy red wine vinaigrette. It's the perfect side for any barbeque, or a light main-course lunch that will make all your co-workers jealous.
Farmscape is seeking a part-time urban farmer for West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. We anticipate the position will grow to full-time work within six months.
This week in my garden I harvested a four pound napa cabbage. As you can see from the photo below that is a lot of cabbage! I put it inside and it took up half of my fridge so I had to think of how to use it fast so my roommates did not get upset.
Sometimes the real glory of the mashed potatoes is not in the fluffy white. It’s not in the gravy filling the soft crater and Vesuviusing down onto the Pompeii of peas beside. It is tucked away in the forgotten skins not completely peeled off and adding a delightful taste and texture that were unintended but are now savored. Organic home gardening is much the same way. The adulations usually go to the royal broccoli crown, the vibrant carrot and beetroot, or the robust garlic head. A backyard garden provides a chance to eat not only the celebrated parts but also revel in the forgotten “skin” by enjoying parts of the plants that we perhaps were not aware were edible, and sadly are often not commercially available.
Much of gardening is waiting. Sow the pea and wait months until the first pod is picked. Plant the broccoli and wait until the head has fully formed. The best way to get through this tedious time is to eat your way through it.