All summer you’ve been hearing that our country is experiencing “the worst drought since the 1950s” and “another dustbowl.” Catching sound bites like these on TV and the radio can be alarming, so I want to get real here and connect you with what our local farmers are facing this summer and how that may affect your weekly delivery of fresh, organic produce. We all suffered through those early summer days of blazing triple-digit temperatures and wildfires igniting parts of our beautiful state. Although 70% of Colorado is now facing extreme drought conditions, says the U.S. Drought Monitor, the state is better prepared to deal with this situation than farms in the drought-ridden Midwest that rely on a good weekly downpour to keep crops healthy. Our local […]
Archive for July, 2012
One of the most talked-about approaches to eating lately is the Paleo diet, aka caveman diet or hunter-gatherer diet. Many of you have told us that you follow this diet or would like to learn more about it, so we spoke with Shane Upchurch from CrossFit Roots in Boulder a popular fitness center with locations throughout Colorado that recommends combining strength conditioning with a Paleolithic diet. Door to Door Organics: What is the Paleo diet? Shane: The idea is that our bodies run best when on the foods our ancestors ate because that’s what we’ve evolved from. There are many discrepancies on what exactly cavemen had available to eat, so there are many different takes on the Paleo Diet. The […]
This week we have local pickling cucumbers from Full Circle and Isabelle Farms. These are generally smaller than other cucumbers and have thicker skin. They are not too common in supermarkets and are more of a backyard garden item. You don’t have to pickle these and they are great raw… but why wouldn’t you pickle them? Pickles are so good. Next to tomatoes, cabbage, and onions, cucumbers are the fourth most widely cultivated vegetable in the world. Cucumbers originated in India, where they have been cultivated for more than 3,000 years. They were probably introduced to other parts of Europe by the Greeks or Romans. Earlier cucumbers were less juicy and more bitter than many of the varieties grown today, so ancients began pickling these fruits […]
“If the rain spoils our picnic, but saves a farmer’s crop, who are we to say it shouldn’t rain?” — Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee There are so many occasions that call for a picnic. Family reunions, heading to the lake, concerts in the park, or the popular Shakespeare Festivals are all the perfect time to make your meal mobile. The menu can range from simple to gourmet with lots of options in between. It helps to have a blanket or folding chairs if tables aren’t available. A picnic basket isn’t a necessity, but oh how much fun it is when you have one! I like to start with an appetizer, something to munch on while you set up […]
Shorty’s Corner! I love how versatile and fiberful local zucchini is. There is a lot of zucchini around here right now, & the quality is great! This week we have local zucchini from Full Circle Farms and Lippis Farm. I’ve known Joe and Sandy Lippis for a long while and they grow some of the best produce in Colorado. For some reason, Wikipedia says, “Zucchini are grown on vines not underground…” Is this a common misconception? Zucchini was brought to the States by Italian immigrants in the early 1900s. It grows well in temperate climates, so it is popular with both farmers and home growers. It is excellent right now. Please eat it.
One of summer’s great pleasures is barbecuing in the backyard with family and friends. But if you pass on the burgers, steaks, and chicken, you can still enjoy the aromatic flame-broiled flavors of meat-free foods grilled to tasty perfection. “The beauty of tofu, tempeh, and seitan is that they act like sponges when absorbing marinades and sauces,” says John Schlimm, author of Grilling Vegan Style: 125 Fired-Up Recipes to Turn Every Bite into a Backyard BBQ. “These new superstars of the grill convey a message to their meaty counterparts: ‘Anything you can do, we can do better!’” Schlimm recommends marinating meat alternatives, like tofu (soybean curd blocks), tempeh (fermented soybean cakes), and seitan (wheat gluten that is often flavored and […]