It’s been 25 years. A quarter century. It’s been a good run. But we’re closing the doors on my Stark Sisters granola.
What are mushrooms anyway? They’re not vegetables, they’re not fruits. They don’t grow leaves, roots, flowers or make seeds. They don’t require sunlight to grow, or produce chlorophyll. They live off decomposing plant matter. Well, mushrooms are in fact fungi whose only happiness lies in releasing spores into the air so they can procreate. And
It’s getting harder and harder to live a simple life. I’m not talking about politics. I’m talking about being able to take a walk without having to breathe in the “fumes” from people’s laundry. I’m talking about being subjected to the smell of people’s detergent and dryer sheets when you go anywhere in public. Advertisements
Debra’s ode to the real thing. (Beware of imposters!)
The annual Natural Products Expo in Baltimore is a circus, a madhouse; the intersection of idealism, creativity, and commerce. Four of us went this year. This is what we saw.
Contrary to popular belief, nuts are good food! Yet we tend to shun them. “High in fat!” we cry. Which is true, but so very much beside the point…
Originally published in the Concord Journal June 2018.
Blackstrap molasses and milk will both feed your plants.
Recipe courtesy of Women’s Voices for the Earth (www.womensvoices.org) You will absolutely love this recipe to use on kitchen countertops, stoves, bathroom sinks, etc. Keeps 2 years in a sealed glass jar. 2 C baking soda 5 or more drops essential oil, such as tea tree, rosemary of lavender ½ C liquid castile soap
Yes, you can use TUMS and banana skins to grow healthier tomatoes. 40 years of gardening in Concord yields this, and many other useful tips, in MJ’s annual bulletin.
Honey is a good-for-you (in moderation!) sweetener. But a lot of honey in the U.S. is cut with cheaper, less wholesome corn syrup. This is unethical. This is illegal. And it’s a lot more common than you’d think.