Home Farm Herbery

  (Munfordville, Kentucky)
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The salt of the week is Applewood Smoked Sea Salt

At Home Farm Herbery our Applewood Smoked Sea Salt is also called Applewood Smoked Salt, Applewood Sea Salt or Sweet Applewood Smoke depending on who is talking about it. Regardless what we call it, we love the mild, fruity and smokey taste and aroma and the complexity it gives to any dish. Applewood Smoked Sea Salt brings out the right flavor you will want and you can use it on fish, pork, chicken, lamb, bacon, ham and grilling.  This salt originated in the Northwestern U.S. and quickly gained popularity with cooks and diners with a discerning taste until it now is a recognized gourmet seasoning. The reason Applewood is used to smoke the sea salt is because it is milder than the more common hickory smoke.

http://www.localharvest.org/applewood-smoked-sea-salt-C24406

 

Our seed of the week is Asparagus, Mary Washington Seeds (100% Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) This Asparagus variety (Mary Washington) is an extremely popular and old heirloom variety. Grow heirloom Asparagus in any backyard. It's not hard to grow, it just takes a couple years for the root system to fully develop before you can pick the green shoots. There's nothing better than home grown and hand picked Asparagus. If you like Asparagus, you've got to give these seeds a try and remember we have only 12 sampler packages to sell so buy now.

 

Our Home Farm Herbery Asparagus is an herbaceous, perennial plant growing 39 to 59 inches tall, with stout stems with much-branched feathery foliage. The "leaves" are in fact needle-like cladodes (modified stems) in the axils of scale leaves; they are 0.24 to1.3 inch long and 0.039 inch broad, and clustered 4 to15 together. The root system is adventitious and the root type is fasciculated. The flowers are bell-shaped, greenish-white to yellowish, 0.18 to 0.26 in long, with six tepals partially fused together at the base; they are produced singly or in clusters of 2 to 3 in the junctions of the branchlets.

 

http://www.localharvest.org/asparagus-mary-washington-heirloom-seeds-C24547

 

Our Summer Savory Seeds are on line at http://www.localharvest.org/summer-savory-seeds-herb-non-hybrid-C24602

 

Get ready to start your seedlings and start with our sugar baby watermelon seeds this year we have only 7 packages to sell, so buy yours today.

We love this popular and early "Icebox" variety. These round, 8 inch, 8 to 12 pound melons have medium red, fine-textured flesh and thin, hard rind. They are drought resistant and need 75 days to Maturity. We like to start these in the greenhouse and then set out after the last frost.

Approximately 30 seed packages $3.99 at http://www.localharvest.org/watermelon-sugar-baby-seeds-non-hybrid-C24586

 

Our Peas, Sugar Snap seeds (Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) are available at http://www.localharvest.org/peas-sugar-snap-seeds-non-hybrid-non-gmo-C24575

We have a limited amount of these great seeds.

 

 
 

How to Keep You Local Farmers Market Alive©

Every minute of every part of the day we are awake we have choices to be made and most of us do not recognize them, want to recognize them or when we do recognize them even consider doing anything about them.

 

Life is hard enough with taking the time to consider everything I often tell myself.  Incomes are down, expenses are up and there really does not seem to be much relief in sight.

 

It is hard to take control of one’s life let along one’s destiny. I remember many years ago when our family owned 5 dairy farms in New York and how over the years it all changed because the boys did not want to be farmers or some of them died young or milking practices changed so drastically that it did not pay after awhile to stay in the dairy business in the largest dairy county in New York for my family by the end of the mid 60’s.

 

Today there seems that not a lot has changed for today’s 2 million farmers when 4 meat packers slaughter 85% of this nation’s beef supply and 1 dairy company processes 40% of this nation’s milk supply. The fact that five major food chains account for 50% of all the food consumed by the 310 million eaters in this nation boggles my mind.

 

With fewer processors and retailers bidding for our farmer’s products farmers are struggling to get a fair price for what they have to offer and their share of consumer food spending has plummeted. In 1995 the farmers share of each consumers dollar spent for beef was 59 cents and in 2005 it was 42 cents, in 1995 the farmers share of each consumers dollar spent for pork was 45 cents and in 2005 it was 25 cents, in 1995 the farmers share of each consumers dollar spent for milk was 44 cents and in 2005 it was 36 cents and in 1995 the farmers share of each consumers dollar spent for apples was 29 cents and in 2005 it was 19 cents.  Today it is much lower than that, yet since then we, the consumer, have paid 51% more for milk, 42% more for apples, 64% more for beef and 33% more for pork. 

 

Farmers and consumers all stand to lose unless we start making better choices in our meal planning, grocery shopping, food buying and food preparation. This year make your local Farmers Market part of these choices. Local, seasonal food will become available on April 1st and many members have eggs, poultry, beef, pork, lamb and more right now and you can easily contact them to get these items. It may take a little more effort on the consumer’s part, but again those are choices that can easily be made.

 

Making a personal choice to buy locally and to support your local farmers market will help to keep their small industry growing in your county.

Our deal of the week is

Though it is cold right now spring will come quickly as it always does and for those who are interested in growing their own Medicinal herbs our Medicinal herb of the week is Amaranth Herb Seeds (Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO)

At Home Farm Herbery we only plant Heirloom Organic seeds and we save these seeds each year. Often we have some extra and when that happens we are pleased to offer them to other health conscious gardeners and we only have 3 pkgs of Amaranth Herb Seeds available so buy now. Here is the link to buy yours and get free shipping today.

http://www.localharvest.org/amaranth-herb-seeds-non-hybrid-non-gmo-C24898

 
 
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