Jackson Farmers’ Market – Sunday July 25, 10 to 1 – Busi Parking lot, behind Mel and Faye’s Diner – Hwy 49 – Jackson
This week at the Jackson Mkt we will host the “GREAT ZUCCHINI CONTEST” – There will be two categories, tastiest use of zukes (make an edible dish) and most creative (make a work of art).
Entries must be in by 11 a.m. Steve Muni will also provide a professional cooking demo with products from the market.
West Point Farmers’ Market – Sunday July 25, 3 to 5 – Blue Mtn Coalition for Youth and Families – Main Street – West Point
COMPOST AND PEAK SOIL
One of the topics on the radar of the wealthy world in recent years is peak-oil. According to many of the “experts” the peak of oil production has already been reached and is now past. What is not being discussed widely is peak-soil or that is the fact that since the industrial revolution it is estimated that over 50% of the
arable soil has either been washed or blown into the ocean or contaminated beyond near-future repair. Life on the planet has enjoyed a long history without the use of fossil fuels but it has never lived without soil. In other words, we humans can and have lived without oil but we cannot live without soil to feed us. This is why it is so important to compost all organic matter. Whenever organic matter is put in the landfill it becomes contaminated beyond near future repair, when it is composted it becomes the soil which supports present and future life.
Did you know that coffee is 4-3-3 fertilizer or that is it contains 4% nitrogen, 3% phosphorous and 3% potassium. These are large quantities of the major nutrients that plants need. So next time there is a little
left in your cup or the pot give it to a plant. The grounds can also be placed directly around the base of your favorite plants.
Basil is a wonderful addition to salads, pasta dishes, sandwiches, eggs and Thai dishes. It can also make a refreshing hot or sun-tea.
~Holy/Tulsi: delicious minty flavor makes a stimulating herbal tea or can be used in pesto. ~Genovese: popular pesto basil with large green leaves and light green buds.