Fresh Foods

The Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up #30

Good morning my dear friends!

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Late last week I came home from work and the sun was shining in through our front window… for the first time this year. It was like the sun gods decided to sprinkle a little magic in my house that evening. It had that golden dark yellow hue on everything, just like you see in the movies. It felt like a late Summer night – everything warm and fuzzy and still. It felt damn good.

It got me thinking about the warm Summer months. I just wanted to sprawl in a field with a blanket, a bottle of wine and a picnic loaded with fresh off the vine tomatoes with fresh baked bread and some oozy cheese. A girl can dream…
Speaking of Summer, have you started planning your gardens for the Spring? Do you grow your own vegetables? Herbs? Chickens? How much space do you have? How do you make it work? This is the first year in a while where I don’t really have a space to grow anything – no outdoor area. Let me live through you. What are you planting??
This link-up is to encourage fresh food production, consumption, activism, and awareness.
Please feel free to link up posts containing:
  • CSA collections;
  • Farmer’s market treasures;
  • Home grown/raised hauls;
  • Recipes that feature fresh fruits and veggies that are seasonal to your area or feature local, sustainably farmed meats, eggs, and dairy;
  • DIY projects and tutorials for: gardening, storing and/or preserving fresh, real foods, composting market scraps, raising chickens in your back yard, small living, etc…
You may link up to 3 posts in a given week that you haven’t shared here before by using the linky tool at the bottom of this post. Feel free to click on any of the linked up posts and say hello by leaving a comment for your fellow fresh food communitarians and/or leave one here to tell us what you’ve shared – because we know how much we all love comments!

And lastly, please include the button below or a simple text link back to this link up (the post, not the blog’s main page) in the post(s) you share:

I want this blog hop to feature you as well as help each other come together to form a resource of good food ways for one another. In order to be featured on the weekly highlights – which includes a highlight on your post here the following week as well as tweets, facebook page “like” and posting, and being added to the Fresh Foods pinterest board – you must have a text link back or button displayed in your post or on your blog. If you don’t link back to this post I can’t feature you.


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  • Nancy W
    February 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Thanks for hosting another great party! Can’t wait to check out all the links!

    • Kristy Gardner
      March 2, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      thanks for coming by Nancy! nice to see you!

  • kirsten@farmfreshfeasts
    February 27, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Even if you have no outdoor area, I’m sharing how to re-grow celery. I’d imagine this could be transplanted into a pot (I’ll share when they go into my raised beds). Meghan from Clean Eats Fast Feets recently blogged about the herbs that live on her kitchen windowsill–do you have any windows that could become sunny next time the sun gods visit?
    Thanks for hosting!

    • Kristy Gardner
      March 2, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      ooooh i’m looking forward to reading your post kirsten. i don’t have much light at all but to be fair – i haven’t been in this place in the summer yet. maybe we’ll have enough come spring time 🙂

  • Diane
    February 27, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    The seed catalogues have been rolling and in and then the deliberation begins… “What should we grow?” What can we get from the farmers markets? etc.. We have decent size area with a few fruit trees that we grow some heirloom veggies. But it is under the supervision of my kids and husband… so it can get neglected when we get busy in the summer.

    • Kristy Gardner
      March 2, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      i would give anything for fruit trees.

      seed catalogs are like christmas!!

  • suzy homemaker
    February 27, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    I haven’t even thought about a garden yet. I guess I need to start planning. Especially since I am not so good at it. I have to find a place. My spot last year in now sodded over.

    • Kristy Gardner
      March 2, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      haha – it takes some experiential learning for sure.

  • litlsis
    February 27, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Thanks so much for hosting Kristy! From the weather here, I get the feeling my garden is already way behind… Feels like Spring and my seedlings are still wee little things!

    • Kristy Gardner
      March 2, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      a grow light might help, no? they’ll make it in time, i’m sure. a little love and some good warmth go a long ways.

  • luckiest1
    February 27, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    I have 8 little herb pots growing in the front window already (because I just couldn’t wait) but hopefully they’ll survive until I can get them outside. I usually plant a few small patches of ground in the yard (nothing raised, nothing fancy, just some dug up spots). Last year I did zucchini, tomatoes, chard, beets, beans, strawberries, rhubarb, leeks, arugula…and lots of herbs. Some of the herbs will hopefully come back again.

    • Kristy Gardner
      March 2, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      haha – that’s exciting lisa! herbs should be started early anyhow so they can get big enough in time to use during the summer. i wonder if i can grow herbs in my front window this year?….hmmmm

  • Loriel @ Healthy Roots, Happy Soul
    February 27, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Thank you for hosting! I’m sharing my post on how big dairy is petitioning the FDA to approve the use of aspartame in dairy products (all of which will be unlabeled, of course)

    • Kristy Gardner
      March 2, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      thanks for coming by Loriel! i’m looking forward to reading your post!

  • Tiffany @ DontWastetheCrumbs
    February 28, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Good Afternoon! This week I shared two posts: a vegetarian fried rice that is SO good, but so versatile. Plus an easy guide for choosing cooking fats so that we’re not eating free radicals! Thanks for hosting!

    • Kristy Gardner
      March 2, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      hi Tiffany! thanks for contributing – hope to see you again next week.

  • Lisa Lynn
    March 4, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    I’ve set up a new way to share all of the wonderful blog parties out there! This is a great way to share your party with the world. 🙂 I would love to have you link up tomorrow on The Linky Love Party at:
    The Self Sufficient HomeAcre