You can't beat the taste and health
benefits of a freshly
picked vegetable! Supermarket produce is generally not ripe or over
ripe and neither is appealing. Here in the Northeast we crave
the tastes of all that our home gardens can seasonally produce. Winter is rough
and we are presented with hard tomatoes, wrinkly green beans and rotten
squash all the time in those markets. The produce managers must have tough choices if
this is the best they can do. Most of it isn't even grown in the
U.S.A. and is loaded with the unknown factor.
So throughout Spring and Summer we
enthusiastically plant our favorites and dine like royalty until the first
frost. We can, jar and freeze our vegetable garden yields as much as
we can. But there's nothing like coming into your kitchen with a
basket of freshly picked vegetables in August. Below are some links
to great advise and great recipes. If anyone has an old family
heirloom recipe from scratch using fresh vegetables, contact us and we
will post them on a "Family Heirloom Recipe" page.
From Dr. Mercola: "Eating more
fresh vegetables is one of the simplest choices you can make to improve
your overall health. A vegetable-rich diet can help protect you from
arthritis, heart disease, stroke, dementia, cancer, and can even help
slow down your body's aging process. A recent study found that people
who consume seven or more portions of vegetables and fruit a day have a
42 percent lower risk of dying from any cause, compared to those who eat
less than one portion—and vegetables have the greatest impact.
But vegetables can also benefit you in
some surprising ways. Did you know that certain vegetables can help
reduce bloating, and others can give your skin a more youthful glow?
They can even improve how you handle stress—and adapting to stress is
critically important to your mental AND physical health." You
can use peelings and veggies to make beautiful dyes, natural cosmetics
and soothing creams too.
We stock some very cool
gadgets for growing,
harvesting, food processing and preservation and other unbelievable "must
have" gadgets you never knew existed before in our Vegetable
Shop that you can't live without and stock LIVE
vegetable plants guaranteed to grow that will be shipped to your door
when it's the right time for you to plant them.
May you enjoy your
mouth-watering, prize winning harvest and have fun doing it!
"I ate no
butcher's meat, lived chiefly on fruits, vegetables, and fish, and never
drank a glass of spirits or wine until my wedding day. To this I
attribute my continual good health, endurance, and an iron constitution.
John James Audubon"