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7/15/11 6:54 A

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I am interested in hearing more about your chickens. How far do you live from a road? We have hawkes and foxes and fishers here. Could we still manage a couple of chickens?

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7/6/11 12:23 A

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I have been busy on saturdays so i have not been going to the cuty farmers markets. My grocery store does fet some local produce. i have been getting a couple herbs and a buch of strawberries from my garden.

in a few more weeks i should have beans and peas and maybe a few tomatoes.

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6/21/11 7:02 A

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What a wonderful neighbor I have. She has a Fruit and Veggie stand and called yesterday to see if I want anymore Strawberries...
She can get them so much cheaper than I as she buys in a large quantity.
Last year she got me bags and bags of corn (5 doz in each)
Looks like I'll be doing more strawberries today.

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6/18/11 12:56 A

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My neighborhood farmer's market finally opened for the season this past week! Hurrah! I'm enjoying amazing whole grain bread from locally grown grains baked in a kitchen that feeds homeless people AND takes them in, trains them as bakers and helps them build skills and a resume in order to be employable. Now that is GOOD food!

Also thrilled to have weekly access to the amazing- wonderful hydroponic lettuces from Bolton Farms. I know the owner/farmer and his heirloom lettuces and tomatoes are to die for! So sweet and tender you dont' want to put anything on them, yum! Local foods ROCK! :)

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Still eating my lettuce from my container garden...Local Peas, radishes, beets and swiss chard are so yummy right now....

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I stopped at my friendly egg selling neighbor the other day. She had made up 12" pots with all kinds of lettuce that was ready to eat. It was only 3.00 and I bought one.
Yummy ! ! !
And I didn't have to buy all of those types of seeds.
Some of the types of lettuce I've never seen before...
Just trim and eat and it will keep growing back. I have it on my porch as now the weather is getting hotter....
Thx Becky ! ! !

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5/24/11 6:00 A

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Snow peas from garden last night.



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5/3/11 7:58 A

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Ate my first bunch of butter crunch lettuce last night. Romaine ready soon. Spring onions and fresh mint ready also.



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Good Morning, I don't know where you live, but look for signs in front of your neighbors houses or somewhere on a country road. Once I started looking, I found 3 people who sell their eggs right in my own neighborhood.
They sure do taste fresh.
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I can't get local eggs at my farmer's market.

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Hoping to till the asparagus this weekend and clean out my flower and veggie beds.
Daffodils look So Beautiful right now. Forsythia should be blooming soon...

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2/28/11 9:20 A

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Onions and peas planted over the weekend.



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Added manure and dry leaves to mine and did first plowing last Friday ready to plant onions and peas 1st of March cabbage and broccoli in 3 weeks.



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It's almost time to start digging up the garden, and I just can't WAIT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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What a great story! I run on a bike path near home, and usually on my way back there's a small rooster crowing from a yard I pass. I want to tell him he's about forty minutes late for me...
We have a very small yard, so just grow rhubarb and flowers. Anything i can or freeze we buy. But our son and his girlfriend just bought a small house with a big yard, and they garden. I think I'll be giving canning lessons next year!

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Each year I am making steps to improve the quality of the food we are eating at our house.

I started canning maybe 3-4 years ago with my BFF Leah. (She grew up on a farm in VT and wanted to get back into canning - and teach me!)

The first year or two - we made salsa (easy enough) and canned some tomatoes - really just a few jars a piece. Everything was from our own small gardens or the farmer's market.

Over the last year or two - we have started branching out. I now have 2 very large gardens - Leah has one too - between the 3 plots we were able to grow just about everything ourselves this last year (Such a great feeling!)

This year we had some new additions to our efforts too - I purchased three 3-day old baby chicks in June, one is now laying eggs - the other 2 should be following suit shortly (Keeping chickens is very easy and they are super cute/fun to watch play in the yard). The eggs are so fresh and tasty and I KNOW what went into the chicken that laid that egg for me!!

I have a composter now to add our scraps, chicken droppings, and yard clippings to make fresh - usable compost) for the gardens; And this year I purchased a dehydrator.

This year canning and dyhydrating our own foods was just awesome... I was neat to think about where we had started - just salsa and a few tomatoes to many more cans of the same and now trying new recipies for other things (my favorite - was the organic blueberry Jam) why go store bought when you can make your own fabulous fresh jam?? The dehydrating was fun - we have loads of dried tomatoes, okra, peppers, hot peppers, mushrooms etc. All just fabulous!!!

I'm so glad Leah wanted to give canning a try and invited me to learn - so many people never have the chance to try or have someone show them how.

Made my way to single digit sizing one veggie at a time. :)


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11/17/10 9:32 A

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Just learned on Trivia Commercial Peaches have the most pesticides of any fruit you can buy. Easy to under stand, every bug worm and mite likes peaches. I used no spray last year lost 2/3 of the crop. I think I will spray some this year and at least keep the early varmints away.



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Yes shove it into the stem below all the branches or one into each branch. Needs to be where the copper can be asorbed into the plant.



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What does it mean to put a piece of copper wire IN the tomato plant? You stab it into the stem?
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Sparkbirdy, do you have a farmers market anywhere nearby? That's where we buy eggs.

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The copper won't hurt you unless you really load up on it. I actually stick a small copper wire in my tomato plants to prevent blight. this way the plant gets what it needs. Peaches are the hardest fruit to grow 100% organic. All bugs like them, so you will have to plant enough to share with the pests. I have 12 trees and have about 30% usable fruit after cutting out the bug and worm spots.



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This egg fiasco brought to light how far away most supermarket eggs travel to reach us. It is soooo difficult to get "100-mile" eggs here.

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Thanks for the advice. The brown rot fungus did claim all the fruit again this year. I'm trying to harvest the mummies and put them in the trash (I'm sure I put some in the compost last year, so now I'm afraid I'm harboring spores there, but what can I do?) and I was thinking of going to a copper fungicide, but hadn't yet because I hadn't had a chance to research the toxicity of that option. Thanks for giving me another choice I hadn't heard of.
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8/6/10 12:48 P

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Try spraying your peach tree with a mixture of sulphur and lime when the leaves fall off this fall repeat in late winter before buds start to swell this kills a lot of fungus. It may take care of yours. Some will also require a copper spray also while dormant.



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That's appalling about the non-local peaches! I have a peach tree in my front yard, but the peaches have gotten to small plum size and just stopped. Last year they suffered a fungal disease and I wonder if the tree is injured from that. Oh, well, I've gone blueberry picking twice in the past two weeks. Think I'll go eat some right now. :-) emoticon

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For those of you with small yards and no space for a garden try some container gardening. a large flower pot beside your front door with a mixture of salad greens is colorful and eatable. Looks better than many flowers. when harvested by pinching off will produce for several weeks. easy to rotate pots by planting a few weeks apart. Chives is a perfect small pot item and blue berries do as good in a container as they do in the ground sometimes better all have seen the upside down tomato kits these works great also for strawberries. Try a container for strawberries place holes around the container 4 to 6 inches apart all directions place plants in holes and fill with soil, set on pot stand so they can hang keep watered you will get fruit with little to no weeding. Many others out there Try it you will like it.



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Our farmers markets have rules about the food source, but I'm not sure how the rules are enforced. The only local peaches I've bought (I'm in Wisconsin) have been pretty small. We have a truck that comes up from Georgia a few times and they bring very good peaches. I might have to go have one right now!

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I stopped by a roadside stand today to get some fresh peaches, conveniently placed under a sign that said "fresh, local fruit" and was appauled to see a California sticker on each peach. (I live in Canada). They even put them in the little baskets you find at the farmers markets that scream "local farm picked!"

anyway, just wanted to rant and make sure that everyone is asking at their markets and stands where the fruit and veg was picked, because there are some sneaky people out there! They put the peaches beside the local strawberries and potatoes so they would blend in better as "local". I was so mad!



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I am lucky - I have a garden in my yard, there are you-pick places and farmers markets on the bus routes from my house, and my local grocery promotes local food. Before I moved here, I bought a lot of food from within my 100 mile "foodshed" on localharvest in bulk - things like grains, dried fruit and nuts and beans. Shipping is too expensive for canned things.

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Some of the stores here do carry local but for some strange reason do not promote the local stuff. They will put the imported stuff on sale and the local stuff can be as much as 2 or three times the price. So I try to get some local but in order to eat ALL month I have to also buy some of the cheeper imported stuff..... This is why I cannot eat organic as I would like to..... Money! It has wings and flies out the door faster than . . . . (lol)

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Check with your grocery. Some of ours carry local veggies in season.

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I live in an apartment without a balcony so no garden for me. I don't live near a farmers market and don't drive because of mobility problems so I have to take the bus everywhere. Can't find a farmers market on a bus route so I'm stuck going to the grocery store. sigh!

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That's a great goal! We buy as much as possible from our local farmers markets. Our yard is too small for a garden.

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Most of our meals are "local". Veggies from our garden and beef is from neighbor. Can't get much more local lol.

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I'd like a goal of eating 80% local food for two meals per week. The actual numbers could be adjusted.

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