Vegetable Garden

So I have been thinking of how I should share and document the process of my vegetable garden this year.  I am going all out and there will be a lot of info.  I decided in order to keep my sanity that I am going to post at least weekly about what is going on…  So here we go.

We are now into Day 25.  I started everything from seeds or cuttings this year and it has been working out very well.  I purchased a massive quantity of seeds from only two companies this year:  Seed Savers Exchange and High Mowing Seeds.  Both offer a diverse selection of heirloom, mainly organic seeds.  Seed Savers Exchange is just absolutely amazing with their selection and history and they are a mainstay in the seed world.  High Mowing Seeds (HMS) came as a referral through a pretty strange avenue.  Emeril Lagasse has had a show on Fine Living Network about “green and sustainable businesses” and HMS was showcased.  I really liked what the owner had to say and how they had their whole set up, so I got some info and ordered from them.

I am growing a huge assortment of vegetables this year.  My main goal is grow enough vegetables so that Whitney and I don’t have to buy our food from farmer’s market except the stuff I can’t grow or raise (mushrooms, chickens for eating, pork) for most of the year.  And then I kept adding more stuff until I came to the hope that I can sell or trade the surplus this year.  A quick, but not all-inclusive list:

  • Tomatoes (17 different varieties)
  • Melons (11 different varieties)
  • Peppers (7 different varieties)
  • Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplants
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Beans
  • Okra
  • Puerto Rican vegetables (Culantro [a.k.a. Recao], Gandules, Aji Dulce, Cubanelle, Callaloo)

Well I think that is enough info for now… Time for some pics:

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Impromptu Date Night

Whitney and I made our way to the Davis Farmer’s Market on Wednesday night, looking for the Chicken Lady from Cache Creek Meat Co.  hoping to score some pastured chicken, but to no avail.  I am guessing that she doesn’t come on Wednesday nights or she left early.  Wednesday night is full of food/street vendors which is cool, but we came to get chicken and produce!  So we know to come on Saturday’s for the good stuff.

We left and went to Jack’s Urban Eats in Natomas, which is a cool place that is half fast-food / half restaurant.  Not necessarily what we were expecting, but everything was really good.  They have these fries called the “Urban Fries”.  Holy sheep.  They are fried to order with a blue cheese dressing and spicy chili oil.  BEST.  FRENCH.  FRY.  TOPPING.  EVER. 

Urban Fries

Then we made our way to our favorite FroYo place in the Sacramento area:  Yog-Yog or their Yelps are here.  If you live in the Sacramento Metro area you need to get your ass there.  If you come and visit me, remind me to take you here.  After the great food and dessert, we went home to Nate Dog and watched the season premiere of House on TiVo.  Good times!

Davis Farmer’s Market

Well I heard about the Chicken Lady from Cache Creek Meat Co. through some browsing on Yelp and Eatwild.com so Whitney and I got up early for a Saturday morning and made our way to the Davis Farmer’s Market.  We were glad we did!  The farmer’s market is located on the edge of a park and stretches for about two blocks.  There are tons of vendors, not only selling fruits and vegetables, but local cheeses, clothing and nuts.  There was a seafood vendor, grass-fed pork and of course, the Chicken People.  We chatted with Kristy from Cache Creek Meat Co. for a couple of minutes and bought a 3lb organic, pastured, grass-fed Cornish Cross chicken.  We made out with tons of other stuff too; bacon from Bledsoe Farms, carrots, beets, pluots, green beans. figs and a whole lot more. 

I am really happy that we found this place, looks like we will be coming here every Saturday or so to get our veggies.  Goodbye Sunrise Farmer’s Market, you were good while it lasted, but I am willing to make the drive to get pastured chickens and pork and a bigger selection. 

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