Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Enjoy your Strawberries (Organically)

I am the inclined to go for seasonal and locally sustainable above organic when buying vegetables. That is in most cases. We are entering Strawberry season and the stores, farmers boxes and even roadside sellers are trading in the wonderful bounty. But I would offer a word of warning and that is with Strawberries, more than any other fruit or vegetable, I would suggest you look out for the organic ones. Strawberries have a very high retention ratio of pesticide residue. A study done in the UK found that over 67% of the Strawberries for sale had higher than safe (even legal) limits of pesticide residue.

So please buy organic Strawberries and enjoy this wonderful fruit while it lasts.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Love Apple Farm

Love Apple Farm in the Santa Cruz mountains is the kitchen garden for Manresa restaurant. Located in the Santa Cruz mountains (coastal central California), Love
Apple Farm is located at 9299 Glen Arbor Road, Ben Lomond. It is run by biodynamic gardener Cynthia Sandberg.

Turns out this farm and the associated web site is a gold mine for local gardeners, offering classes on a wide range of topics, including bee keeping and online guides.

Worth a visit for any local food enthusiast as an example of what can be grown at the highest quality in your back garden which is the freshest way to get your veggies for your plate.

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