Sunday, May 20, 2007

Local Food Mission Accomplished

Tonight I fulfilled the WWO local food mission. This is a picture of me in my garden, next to the Swiss chard. As you can see, there is a lot of it, so I decided to pick some for dinner. Other things I'm growing in this part of the garden include onions, arugula, sorrel, lettuce, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes, chives, parsley, radishes, beets, rosemary, cardoon, peas, peppers, and figs from the fig tree in the background.

We combined the chard with carrots from the local Hillsdale Farmers' Market, cooked them and served them over brown rice with Sensei Sauce, which is made by a local company here in Portland. (I have grown carrots in previous years but this year I didn't plant any.)

For tonight's beverage, we had some wine from Domaine Serene. This is my favorite local Oregon winery. It is about 30 miles from my house. We went there yesterday for a wine tasting and brought back some wine. Of course, it would defeat the purpose of the WWO mission to drive 30 miles just to buy a single bottle of wine, but we bought plenty. The six people in our group together bought about 3 cases of wine.

In the background of this picture you can see part of my back deck, where I am also growing various plants including more vegetables and herbs. Back here I have blueberries, basil, tarragon, spearmint, sage, zucchini, spaghetti squash, cucumber, and this year I'm even trying to grow melons.


gracesmom said...

That garden looks awesome. I put in a few plants, but the weeds mostly took over. I cook them, too, if I can. ;)

We have such a short, crappy season here--it's been hard to get anything going.

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jwalker said...

Check out Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew to get more out of your garden for less work. I've found this resource to be invaluable since I can grow more in less space then I've ever though possible.