Sunday, June 14, 2015

How to Make Your Food Last Longer!

27 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR GROCERIES LAST AS LONG AS POSSIBLE
By: Peggy Wang
BuzzFeed Staff

This is such a fun article!  We are going to post some of our favorite helpful tips from the article below on how to preserve your food.  For the rest of the tips and more click HERE


USE VINEGAR SOLUTION TO MAKE YOUR BERRIES LAST LONGER
Prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider) and ten parts water. Swirl the berries around in the mixture, drain, rinse, and put them in the fridge. The solution is diluted enough that you won’t taste the vinegar. Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft.




FREEZE GREEN ONIONS IN A PLASTIC BOTTLE
Make sure the green onions are completely dry before storing or they’ll get freezer burn. Just take them out and add them to your food as needed! Easy as that.




STORE POTATOES WITH APPLES TO KEEP THEM FROM SPROUTING

STORE AN APPLE INSIDE A BAG OF POTATOES TO KEEP THE POTATOES FROM SPROUTING




ADD A DAB OF BUTTER TO THE CUT SIDE OF CHEESE TO KEEP IT FROM DRYING OUT






WRAP THE CROWN OF A BUNCH OF BANANAS WITH PLASTIC WRAP
They’ll keep for 3-5 days longer than usual, which is especially helpful if you eat organic bananas. Bananas also produce more ethelyne gas than any other fruit, so keep them isolated on the counter.



FOR THE REST OF THE LIST CLICK ON  THE ARTICLE HERE.



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fundraiser for Crystal Emery

Fundraiser for Crystal Emery
Saturday June 13, 2015
Jerome Farmers Market
at The Mountain View Barn


In addition to Miss Southern Idaho, we are having a fundraiser for Crystal Emery who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last week. Please come and support this important cause, have a fun time, wish her well and if you can't come, you can go to gofundme.com/wmvmn8 to donate and help this sweet family.

Miss Southern Idaho is coming to the Market this Saturday!

Come to the Jerome Farmers Market this Saturday and meet... 

MISS SOUTHERN IDAHO

ELIZABETH BAKER
Bring your girls for a wonderful photo opp!!!




Monday, June 1, 2015

Gardening tips & tricks!

"20 Insanely Clever Gardening Tips and Ideas"
Article by: Listotic, listed & loved

1. Pot-in-Pot Landscaping
I don’t know about you, but I’m not a huge fan of redoing the landscaping every time the seasons change. Don’t get me wrong, I love the time outdoors, but the shovel and I are not best friends. Here’s an idea that was a bit of an “aha” moment for me. Dig a hole for your seasonal plants and fill it with an empty plastic pot. Now you can just drop your seasonal flowers (or herbs and veggies) in there and easily switch them out once they’re ready to retire.

2. Packing Peanuts & Pots
Because packing peanuts still allow for good drainage, they are perfect for lightening the load in large flower pots. They are also cheaper than soil, so now you can justify a $4 cup of coffee while you get the job done. Just be sure to add a layer of landscape fabric over the top of them so that the soil doesn’t slowly sink to the bottom.

3. Give Your Garden A Calcium Boost
My blender rarely sees daylight, but now it might just get the chance to see the kitchen counter with this genius tip! I’m starting to understand the idea behind compost a little more now that I’m dabbling in the garden, so this just makes a lot of sense to me. Just like grinding your food makes it easier to digest, grinding eggshells makes it easy for your garden to absorb the calcium egg shells provide.
4. Keep The Pets Out
Animals (cats especially) seem to think all of the hard work you’ve put into your garden looks like a huge litter box. To keep them from pooping on your basil, strategically place a few plastic forks around your plants to deter them from destroying your fresh herbs, fruits, and veggies.
5. Rubbermaid Container Garden
Just because you don’t have much of a yard doesn’t mean you can’t have a nice little garden going! Rubbermaid storage containers are lightweight and just the right size to get you started. Fill the bottom with packing peanuts and a layer of garden fabric to keep them easy to move. This could even work on a small apartment balcony!

6. Diapers Retain Moisture 
Diapers aren’t just for doo doo! Place one in the bottom of a potted plant to help it retain moisture for longer. This would be great for those summer annuals that require daily watering.

7. Epsom Salt in the Garden
Epsom salt has so many uses, including aiding in a beautiful and healthy garden. It’s rich in magnesium and sulfate which are crucial to plant life. For potted plants, mix a couple of tablespoons of the salt into your watering can once or twice a month. You can also sprinkle it in your garden’s soil to help your seeds germinate better. Tomatoes and peppers benefit the most because they both tend to have a magnesium deficiency. Add a tablespoon or so in with the soil when first planting, and then sprinkle more into the soil once mature.

8. Fertilize Your Plants
Save your vegetable cooking water! The water has a lot of nutrients that your garden thrives on. Wait for the water to cool down first, and then use it to “fertilize” your garden or potted plants. This makes for a green and happy garden! You could also drink the stuff, but who wants to do that?!

9. Seeds & Citrus
Start your seedlings in a citrus peel, and not just because it’s really cute; It will compost in the soil and nourish the plants, so you can just go ahead and plant the whole thing once it’s ready. Just don’t forget to poke a hole in the bottom for drainage.

10. Cinder Block Garden Bed
Not all of us have the skills to build a raised garden bed out of wood, and that’s when cinder blocks come to the rescue. I love how they have all the holes so you can easily separate your herbs. For a smaller space, you could even take out 2 or more of the block to create a narrower bed. After you’ve got a level place to start your garden, the rest is pretty simple!

For the next 10 "insanely" clever ideas for gardening, check out the rest of this post HERE!