Locally grown microgreens

Month: May 2016

Microgreens: How to Use Them

Microgreens: How to Use Them

Microgreens have a higher nutrient density compared with mature greens.  To learn more about microgreens in general click here. That’s all well and good but how do you get all the green goodness into your diet?  Adding microgreens to your diet is less about recipes and more […]

Microgreens: How to Harvest and Wash

Microgreens: How to Harvest and Wash

If you are wondering what microgreens are you can get some general information in this post.  You have your micro greens that you’ve either grown or perhaps purchased.  I think the best way to purchase microgreens is as living plants.  As soon as you cut […]

New Genetic Engineering Tool Needs no USDA Approval

New Genetic Engineering Tool Needs no USDA Approval

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There is a new genetic engineering technology called CRISPR that will create foods that do not need to be approved by the USDA.  Here is a sciency article about the technology.  The CRISPR technique deletes or edits gene sequences and since there is no foreign DNA introduced, the USDA has decided that they do not need to approve products created with this technology.

One application of this new technology will be to develop a mushroom that doesn’t turn brown.  You can read more about that here.  Regardless of how you feel about genetically modified food, safe or not, there is another issue to consider.  A mushroom that turns brown is a mushroom that is getting old.  As food ages, it loses nutritional value.  That is why fresh is best and also one of the reasons the local food movement is growing.

A mushroom that doesn’t turn brown (or turns more slowly) is an advantage to the producer and grocer because it will have a longer shelf life.  For me, the consumer, it is a disadvantage because I will no longer be able to judge the freshness of mushrooms based on the color, thus I might be buying older, less nutritious food.

These foods may still be subject of FDA authority, but I can’t imagine the FDA saying no.  What can you do?  This may sound like a broken record, but either grow your own or buy from someone you know and ask a lot of questions.

Get to Know Micro-greens

Get to Know Micro-greens

What are micro-greens?  You aren’t alone if you are asking that question.  Micro-greens are really small versions of plants you already know and love (well even if you don’t love some of their grown up counterparts, you may still love micros).  They are somewhere between a […]

Organic Food-Cheap, Just Ask!

Organic Food-Cheap, Just Ask!

I got 4 dozen of these extra large, organic, brown eggs for .25 a dozen this week!  One of our local grocery stores is very proactive about discounting eggs and dairy that are about to expire.  Expiration dates are really more like suggestions than hard and fast […]