Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Reading Round Up: Human Cheese Edition

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Here's the step by step process to genetically modify a seed.

French bakers to raise baguette prices after wheat costs double.

Would you eat human cheese?  I love how the illustration uses the L train.

Demand only gourmet ice for your cocktails.

Also, alcohol does not kill brain cells.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Reading Round Up: 4 Loko Edition

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 Virginia turns 4 Loko into ethanol.

My teeth hurt just thinking about it, the average US teen consumes 28 teaspoons (~500 calories) of added sugar per day.

Smart packaging will change color when food loses its freshness.

Read about winter farming in upstate NY.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

You Know You're a Gardener When...

I was in Cancun last weekend for a friend's wedding, look at what I brought for beach reading!

Bucolic Bushwick Beach Reading

I stayed at the Riu Palace.  It's an all-inclusive resort that includes food and liquor, so you definitely get value for your money if you adopt a gluttonous lifestyle while you're there.

Bucolic Bushwick in Cancun

Sorry folks, I have to finish my book for The Sketchbook Project so there will be no reading round up this week.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Reading Round Up: John Ameroso Edition

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Happy New Year Everyone!  Did you enjoy the holidays?  Were you in town for the blizzard?  I was in Chicago visiting family at the time.  Snow in NYC is magical for about a day and then it gets disgusting so I'm glad I avoided that headache.

A NY urban farming pioneer retires.  Thank you for your service Mr. Ameroso.

Mmm, make Marky Mark Macaroni Salad.  I'm still trying to figure out how to add more m's to that sentence, if you have any suggestions feel free to post them in the comments section.

Sugar plums have nothing to do with plums.

Live near the ocean? Farm seaweed.

Maria Rodale lists her Top 10 Farm-to-Table Restaurants.  Three are in NYC!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Total Vegetable Harvest 2011


March 9: 2.5 ounces
May 19: 7.0 ounces
June 30: 12.7 ounces
July 14: 3 pounds, 11.3 ounces
July 21: 4 pounds, 5.5 ounces
July 28: 9 pounds, 5.3 ounces
Aug 4: 2 pounds, 11.5 ounces
Aug 11: 14 pounds, 13.8 ounces
Aug 18: 4 pounds, 1.8 ounces
Aug 25: 5 pounds, 5.6 ounces
Sept 1: 1 pound, 14.6 ounces
Sept 15: 3 pounds, 13.7 ounces
Sept 22: 14.2 ounces
Sept 29: 11.4 ounces
Nov 10: 8.1 ounces

Beets (Detroit Dark Red): 7.0 ounces

Cherry Tomato (Sungold): 5 pounds, 12 ounces

Cucumber (Lemon): 4 pounds, 11.4 ounces

Eggplants (Fairy Tale): 6 pounds, 5.4 ounces

Melon (Tasty Bites): 9 pounds, 2.2 ounces

Pepper (Atris): 7 pounds, 0.1 ounces

Pepper (King Crimson): 1 pound, 15.6 ounces

Radishes (Cherry Belle, French Breakfast, Sparkler Top): 6.3 ounces

Tomato (Valencia): 6 pounds, 13.2 ounces

Tomato (Yellow Perfection): 10 pounds, 8.9 ounces

Turnip (Purple Top White Globe): 4.3 ounces

Total Vegetable Harvest 2011:  53 pounds, 11 ounces

Total Vegetable Harvest 2010: 63 pounds, 11.5 ounces
Total Vegetable Harvest 2009: 57 pounds, 5.9 ounces

Total Money Spent 2011

Seeds: $50.89

2-Foot T5 Grow Light System: $45.66

Southern Patio Jumbo Growing Tower: $17.40

DIY Project - Converting a Standard Planter into a Self Watering Container: $9.80

Soil & Cages: $105.03

Granular Fertilizer & Fertilizer Spikes: $71.76

Total Money Spent 2011: $300.54

Total Money Spent 2010: $152.41
Total Money Spent 2009: $201.90