Day: March 10, 2014

Growing Herbs for Teas!

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Join us for a unique fundraising event on Saturday April 26, 2014. For more information go Hollie’s Homegrown. To register, go here.
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Broccolini!

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We picked the broccolini at the garden yesterday. The recipe includes garlic, pancetta, penne and parmesan. Hmmmmmm.
broccolini

Are you ready to party?

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Come to the Harvest Festival on October 14 and hear the Windy Hill Blue Grass Band featuring Lafayette’s own Thomas Wille.

 

Order your Garden Poster Now!

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Order a copy of this beautiful poster by Dave Dondero and help your Community Garden at the same time!  Order here.

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Day 1

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On Saturday, June 9 we began planting at the Community Garden.

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First Membership Meeting!

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Today, we held the first membership meeting for the Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center at the garden site.

Wild Foods

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And speaking of wild foods, here is Kim Curiel in LamorindaPatch:

My favorite thing to forage is a green that kept the 49ers alive and healthy — not the football team, but the pioneers; Miner’s Lettuce. It’s a succulent green that has easily identifiable leaves (they’re round with a small cream colored flower in the center) and has a delightful crunch. The leaves make a first rate salad.  This juicy plant grows in shady areas, usually near water and can be found in the cooler months of the year after it has rained a bit.

Around November my mouth starts watering as I contemplate the dishes I’ll make with our local gold: chanterelle mushrooms.  Sold in local stores and available at the finest restaurants, golden chanterelles grow in our shaded, live oak forests only after we’ve received four inches of rain.  This tender delicacy grows November to March. Sorry, I’m not going to give you specific spots where I’ve found them. That’s one secret I plan to keep.  But if you own a north sloped property with live oaks or know someone who does, go out and look under the duff to see if any orange/yellow mushrooms that have no gills, have emerged. Chanterelles have false gills and no defined cap.

Mushrooms need extra caution. Two mushrooms grow in our hills that are documented as the most toxic things on earth, the Death Cap and the Destroying Angel. These are both white or cream colored with gills and look nothing at all like a chantrelle.  They can both melt your liver in less than 24 hours. To survive you must get a liver transplant. Every year someone who recently migrated here from Southeast Asia dies because these mushrooms look identical to safe mushrooms that grow in their homeland.

Now where is that rain?  Check out Kim’s other posts here.

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