Black Dog Farms

  (Twin Falls, Idaho)
Eatin' Good, Livin' Good
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Rookie Leek Guy

I have never grown leeks before. To be right up front, I was not even sure what you would do with them until a few weeks ago. One of my share holders from last year asked if I would grow them. After a bit of research I decided to give it a try.

On March 1st I started 100 of them in my greenhouse. Large American Flag leeks they are called. Kind of a patriotic name. Anyways, from what I have read these things take about 100 days from sowing to eating so I am hoping to have 100 ready to go around the end of May or start of June. Weather permitting of course.

Online there are lots of great recipes for leeks with the one that sticks out at me being leek and potato soup. That looks really good to this Idaho farm boy. I'll let you know around June 1st or so.

If any of you have any leek suggestions I would love to hear them.

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Where Does Your Food Come From?

That is one of the questions that I ask potential new clients/customers. Most do not seem to know, or care. So I take a few minutes to point out that the food we buy in the grocery store comes from around the globe. Think of all the hands that have touched it before we eat it. Yuck!

Sure most of us wash our food, but does that really do the trick? Food grown with dirty water (by that I mean water containing pesticides, nasty chemicals, and who knows what else) is still an integral part of the food.

Then the food is transported to us, on average 1500 miles according to some sources, in a frozen or refrigerated state. At the store, frozen produce is then thawed and set out on the shelf for us to look at. Refrigerated food is allowed to warm up to room temperature.  When we get it home, we re-refrigerate it. No wonder if looks and tastes so bad.

When you buy locally grown food, you know what you are getting. Go visit your farmer and see how the food is grown. See who is touching your food. See how the food is transported.

Know where your food comes from!

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