CSA Vegetables

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I recently signed up for a CSA delivery basket. This is community supported agriculture.

In Phoenix, we have weird growing seasons compared to the east side of the world, and this is our best time of year for a variety of foods.

I made some awesome stuff with those Anaheim chilies. I will be posting the recipes on My Itzy shortly.

Organic produce is amazing for so many reasons.  If you get the chance to support it, please do!

I found my CSA on this link for Local Harvest.

Check it out for your area.

Summer is here- Support Local Produce And Co-ops

Summer is here- Support Local Produce And Co-ops

Summertime features some of the tastiest and freshest fruit around. I love to check out what the local farmers are selling to inspire me to make incredible deserts and snacks.

(I have no green thumb and have had little success gardening here in the desert of Phoenix, so I really depend on the other local folks to grow organic produce for my family.)

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Green and Organic Cleaning series: Part V, Surfaces

This post is part of my green and organic cleaning series. Check them all out!

Cleaning walls and baseboards can be one of the most tedious tasks known to man, but every once in awhile it has to be done. Damp wiping these surfaces is best done with a splash of vinegar on your towel, and within a few seconds you will have a cleaner, and great smelling surface. Actually, if you want to really do it right, clean your mirrors first and then go after those pesky surfaces. If you tackle them a little at a time, it will not seem such a chore.

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Green and Organic Cleaning series: Part IV, Hit the Floor

Floor cleaning is pretty important to the health in your home. Our feet trudge through any number of unsavory things during the day, and here is the surface we lay on to do puzzles, play with kids, or pets, exercise and many other activities where we place our hands and bodies next to these “unsavory things.” The best approach to keeping floors clean is to keep our shoes in the garage, at the door or just to take them off before sauntering in to the house. Pets complicate this, but frequent cleaning of their little paws will help a lot as well.

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Green and Organic Cleaning series: Part III, Laundry

Green cleaning and organic cleaning can be as easy or as hard as we make it.

Doing laundry can be about as exciting as watching paint dry. Getting clean laundry is considered to be just another given in our busy lives. Getting laundry done in the least environmentally destructive way, and at a low cost are more of an art form.

Green and Organic Cleaning series: Part II, The Many Many Lemons

Green and Organic Cleaning Series

Green and Organic Cleaning Series

Green cleaning may seem overwhelming, but sometimes the solution is as simple as picking a piece of fruit from a tree…


As a desert dweller, we have some advantages at certain times of the year in terms of natural resources. An extra supply, or an extra cheap supply of lemons can be the green cleaning treehugger’s best friend. What can we do with these little lemon friends besides making lemonaid, lemon juice, lemon ices, lemon juice ice cubes etc?

Clean your tub- cut your fresh, or even better, your old unusable lemons to scrub your sinks and tubs. Just cut the lemon in half, dip it in your favorite powder- baking soda, borax or even salt, it is just to abrade the surface, and then proceed to scrub your surfaces clean. Rinse with water and you are done.

Perfect for scrubbing

Perfect for scrubbing

 

Smells delish

Lemons with Baking soda scrub

 

Garbage disposal getting funky? You should take that just used lemon and shred it to pieces in the disposal. It will clean any and all moving parts and get your sink smelling super fresh. ( It is probably best to limit the number of seeds, just so the unit does not protest.)

the smell is divine

The Sink being cleaned, by nature

Yuck!

The Sink with mineral buildup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have not cleaned your faucets with vinegar yet, you might want to go ahead and get some lemons and give that hard water buildup a scrub. Lemon pulp is a little messier, but the acidic cleaning process works just as well.

Using limes is another option, if that is all you have, but they do not seem to work quite as well. But – if all you have is limes- make limeaid!

Green cleaning can be inexpensive and effective- what other uses for lemons do you have?

Organic Ideas, Part I Green Shopping

Green shopping can be a challenge. Depending on where you live the resources vary as well as prices and quality.

Grocery shopping for organics can be pretty hit or miss for most stores. Although many are increasing their items on a regular basis, the variety is usually pretty thin, and the prices are not terribly good. I find the following 2 places a great source for my organic food here in Phoenix.

Trader Joes

Whole Foods

For the very best of organics, however, buy local. Try your local farmers market. They are much cheaper and fresher than any grocery store could ever be. In the Phoenix area, despite being in a desert, we have some very nice growers that feature some delicious produce.

Here are a few great farms, some with delivery and visits available and their links:

www.crookedskyfarms.com

www.blueskyorganicfarms.com

www.desertrootsfarm.com

www.myfarmyard.com

If you want a regular pickup of organic fruits and vegetables, I highly suggest utilizing Bountiful Baskets

A great market you may want to try is Roadrunner Park, at Cactus and Greenway. Saturday mornings in the park are awesome. Bring your dog and after a nice shopping trip you can enjoy a nice walk about. Although some of the vendors do take credit cards, it may be prudent to bring cash, your own cloth shopping bags, and a healthy imagination of all the recipes you can create with bags of fresh goodies.

Farmers markets are not just for food of course. You can pick up some handmade soaps, household items, or sometimes you can even get a chair massage if one of the vendors are present. The markets are open all year, except holidays, so if its summer, wear a hat and some sunscreen, drink plenty of water and you are on your way.

You can check out a list on http://www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com/ and make your own favorite market.

I don’t think there is a better deal in town for fresh produce than this. You need to sign up during a certain window, and pickup during a certain window, but its fast and easy and so worth it. They are available in several states as well, so it isn’t just for Arizona.

More to come fair readers… please let me know if there is a topic you are looking for next- I am happy to oblige!


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