Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Produce Availablility

When I opened up the blog this morning, I really had no idea what I was going to write about. I thought about continuing on with my spring produce list, but wasn't sure which item to showcase. So I was doing some searching and ran across a Produce Availability Chart for a farm in Pennsylvania. It is a very interesting chart and think that Michigan's produce has to be similar. I think my next blog will be about peas.
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Since the farmer's markets are opening now, I will be showcasing the local farmers markets in upcoming blogs - my plan is to visit them and let you know what each offers. I know of at least a half dozen in the area. I am very excited about being able to purchase locally grown produce. You can find a farmers market in your area. Sunday I had the opportunity to visit the Old Town Farmers Market. It is a newly started market and there were very few vendors - none yet with produce. I did meet some extremely knowledgeable and kind people from Hannewald Lamb Company. They raise grass and grain feed, hormone free lamb in Stockbridge. I have never cooked lamb, so I bought a couple of steaks. I received some great tips. I will let you know how that turns out.
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And on another completely unrelated rambling note, I attended a composting seminar last night. This is something I have wanted to do for several years now, but have not taken the time to educate myself on how to get started. An extremely patient and educated man from the City of Lansing basically gave me a private lesson on how to start composting. I learned that the City of East Lansing sells a composting bin for $35 at the Public Works Department. map Moisture is the key to composting (keep it as damp as a wrung out sponge). And by attending a $15 four-week class and doing 20 hours of community service, I can become a Master Composter. Things are too crazy right now, but next spring it may be in my future. :-)
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Today's blog ended up being unrelated, oddities. Sorry! But I promise to follow up on these topics and bring you more information.

2 comments:

Corinne: Blue Girl in Red State said...

I didn't realize you ended up going to this seminar! When we both have some free time, maybe you can fill me in!

Corinne: Blue Girl in Red State said...

I went to the farmer's market today, but I was so disappointed because it's still early in the season. Lettuce and spinach were the primary crops. I did find some asparagus (I'm hoping it isn't too old), sweet potatoes, and some annuals. But who doesn't love the atmosphere there? That totally made up for lack of veggies!