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Spring into ”Green”

Everything I'm thinking about in this Weekly Harvest is about ”green”, being green, eating your greens, and green Spring growth. St. Patrick’s Day is not the only reason to celebrate green. I’m keeping the theme going straight into this week.

So first topic, the Davidsonville Green Expo on Saturday 11AM-4PM at Homestead Gardens 743 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD. I’ll be there at the Fairytale Farmette booth with recipes and demonstrations. One of the goals of my Farmette is sustainability, what exactly does that mean? For my Farmette it's the ability for the farmette to sustain itself as a business and an ecosystem. But maybe for you, it's the ability to eat really healthy local foods and lots of fresh green veggies, even on a weeknight, with limited time. I love to chat with people about these issues and hear their perspectives and I think this is really the whole point of the Green Expo, an exchange of sustainable ideas that will improve and enhance our quality of life here in D’ville. Please make it a point to drop by and say hello on Saturday. Ask lots of questions about where our food comes from (I always do), how it is grown, how can I make choices that support our ecosystem at the most local level.

Fairytale Farmette's visit to the Green Expo is very practical and I hope, an idea you can take home with you to use on Saturday night. I like to come away from these events with real "how to" advice and I bet you do too. That leads me to ”eat your greens”. Dressing can make or break a beautiful salad. Bottled salad dressing just doesn't taste as good as homemade and the packaging, shipping, and food waste (who doesn't have a few abandoned expired bottles of dressing at the back of the fridge?) is simply not a sustainable idea. The solution? 5-minute homemade salad dressing with ingredients you probably already have around the kitchen. I'll show you how on Saturday at the Expo. Can't wait until Saturday? Checkout this Pinterest board I've been putting together of tasty salad recipes: Salad Happy Hour.

The best memories are of sitting at the kitchen counter with food coloring, vinegar, and boiling water ready to unveil the magic of how the egg will look when we fish it out of the mug. Why not take it one step further and allow your kids to experiment with veggies to make there eggs magically change color? You can even reduce food waste with this one by using the cast off veggie scraps. Intrigued? Bring the kiddos to the Farmette booth for How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally with vegetables on Saturday and we will try it together. I will have Fairytale Farmette eggs available to buy on Saturday at the Expo IF I don't sell out this week. You can always reserve eggs in advance on my web site. Just put a message in the note about what day you want to pick up, or if you will be at the Expo I can hold them in the cooler there.

Here is the schedule of Fairytale Farmette's demonstrations at the Davidsonville Green Expo:

12:00 PM: Five 5-minute Homemade Salad Dressings with ingredients you probably already have around the kitchen.

1:00 PM: Five 5-minute Homemade Salad Dressings with ingredients you probably already have around the kitchen.

2:00 PM: How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally with vegetables!

3:00 PM: Five 5-minute Homemade Salad Dressings with ingredients you probably already have around the kitchen.

Finally, Spring is growing green. Nature is inherently sustainable going through a cycle of regrowth, each year. We are at the most miraculous time where after a period of decay and rest, plants wake up from their long winters nap and emerge renewed ready to start again. From sprouting seeds to bulbs emerging, signs of green growth are everywhere on the Farmette this week. That means coming soon there will be the first salad and cut flower offerings available hopefully the week before Easter. Look for daffodil bouquets, baby spinach, baby Spring lettuce, and chives in time for your Easter celebrations.

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