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Our Top Cucumber Recipes (In 10 Min. Or Less!)

August 30th, 2014

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In case you missed it on Facebook, our cucumbers are producing on our Tower Garden like crazy. This means we’ve had to get clever when it comes to recipes (because really, how many side salads with sliced cucumbers can you serve before your toddler starts pitching it). Here are our top Organic Marketmore Cucumber food and drink recipes we’ve enjoyed with our family – kid approved! BONUS: These recipes can thrown together in less than 10 minutes.

Cucumber Raita (pronounced ry-ta)

Traditionally found as an accompaniment to Indian meals— raita is served on the side to cool off the main course, and adds a nice fresh element. 

1 medium sized Marketmore Cucumber

1 cup plain yogurt

salt to taste

Santo Cilantro for garnish

1 tsp roasted cumin seed (optional)

Wash and peel the cucumber. Grate the cucumber or chop finely. Add to yogurt along with salt to taste, and cilantro for garnish.

(serves 4)

Israeli Salad 

We love this salad as a main course, or as a side to lamb and veggie kabobs. 

1 cup Washington Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half

1 medium sized Marketmore Cucumber, cubed

4 Purly Chives, finely sliced

3 tablespoons Titan Parsley, finely minced

Juice a half a lemon

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Crumbled feta 

Toss together all of the vegetables and the feta in one large bowl. Add the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, and mix well. Serve chilled.

Berry, Lime, Cucumber and Basil Water

The perfect cool treat for this weekend. Ps- it’s kid approved. 

1 cup berries, sliced (blackberries, strawberries, or raspberries work well)

1 cup Marketmore Cucumber, finely sliced

2 limes, finely sliced 

3 tablespoons fresh Superbo basil

ice cubes

2 quarts filtered water

In a 2 quart pitcher, layer the berries, cucumber slices, lime slices, basil leaves and ice cubes. Fill pitcher with water, and let chill for 10 minutes before serving. 

Apple Carrot Cucumber Ginger Juice

Cucumbers are one of the most alkalizing vegetables out there, plus it yields a good amount of juice and has a mild flavor. We find this juice combination particularly refreshing and energizing. 

4 apples

8 Scarlet Nantes Carrots

1 Marketmore Cucumber

1-2 inches ginger root

Clean vegetables and chop into small chunks. Juice all of the produce and the ginger root, we suggest juicing the cucumber last to acquire the most juice. Refrigerate and enjoy.

***Friends, what are your favorite easy recipes using cucumbers?***

About Us:

Humble Seed specializes in premium garden seed kits that are packaged and themed for convenience and ease. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality heirloom, non-GMO, non-hybrid, and organic seed varieties to those who choose to start from seed. We’re also proud to say we have taken the Safe Seed Pledge!!

Does starting your first garden seem too overwhelming or you simply don’t have the space? The Tower Garden (www.myveggiestand.com) may be the answer for you!  Passionate about gardening and healthy living, or looking to expand your current health-based business? Consider becoming a Tower Garden distributor! Email info@humbleseed for more information.

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3 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Space

June 5th, 2014

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If your patio is the size of a postage stamp (been there), then making the most of your space is paramount. Luckily, a small space does not mean you have to give up growing your favorite fruits and vegetables; it just means you have to get a little creative! Hoop houses, vertical, and container gardening are three fantastic ways to manage urban and small spaces.

Hoop Houses – These are miniature, unheated greenhouses made with a series of metal hoops covered in plastic, and set over a raised bed to trap heat. 

     Advantages: This creates a microclimate around your plants, while jump starting and extending the growing season. Hoop houses are a low tech structure to build, and should cost no more than $50 if you want to go simple. This method is especially ideal if daylight length is less than 10 hours with harsh winters – but have little space for a greenhouse. With proper ventilation, hoop houses can be used in the summertime too.

     How To: First, a support structure needs to be built using PVC tubing or standard metal pipes – we’ve even seen it constructed using ocotillo cactus bones. Cut that to the size needed for your garden, and push both ends into the ground in an arc. Once you have this done, cover them with plastic, and presto! Your hoop house is ready to go.

Vertical Gardening – While there are numerous ways to create a vertical garden, there are essentially two types of vertical garden styles: those that grow in soil and those that grow in water. If you’re interested in water-based vertical gardening, our hydroponic Tower Garden posts (including our goals, experiences and photos) is something you may be interested in. Check in with us every month for these posts!

     Advantages: Some of the advantages of all vertical gardening include: plants become less pest and disease prone since plants are away from the ground where pests tend to gravitate. Gardeners also don’t have to be stooped over a garden for hours, as less time is spent  harvesting while leaning over a garden bed. Weeding and tilling become less necessary in some circumstances.  Another fantastic benefit? Typically less water is required for vertical gardening, and your plants will look healthier as oxygen has the opportunity to circulate more evenly. 

     How To: To grow a vertical garden inexpensively, use a chain link fence, trellis, hanging baskets, or a garden lattice. Other effective structures include: nailing decorative cans to a wooden fence, using an old dog kennel or shelving unit, and building your own structure using garden fencing and pipes. Watch to see how the vines and plants grow naturally, and secure the plants with garbage bag twist ties or gardening green tape. Plant the vertical garden next to shade loving plants like herbs, and away from sun-loving plants like vegetables. Did you know that if you hang your plants from baskets or pots, you can actually have the same number of plants as a square foot of garden space?

Container Gardening – Container gardening is another practical way to garden in a small area.  Likewise to vertical gardening, almost anything grown in a regular garden can grow well in a container garden.  

     Advantages: This type of gardening is easy to maintain, and can be done inexpensively. Once you have built your container garden, you may continue using it season after season, and year after year.

     How To: Luckily there are a wide array of containers to choose from that will suit a variety of needs. We find that wood, plastic and strawberry containers are the least expensive, but can easily rot and sustain wear and tear after frequent use. Therefore, if you prefer containers that will withstand the hands of time, then ceramic or metal containers are worth the investment.  Just be sure you drill a few holes at the bottom if they do not already have a drainage system.

***Friends, we’re curious: what are your tips for making the most out of your space??

About Us:

Humble Seed specializes in premium garden seed kits that are packaged and themed for convenience and ease. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality heirloom, non-GMO, non-hybrid, and organic seed varieties to those who choose to start from seed. We’re also proud to say we have taken the Safe Seed Pledge!!

 Does starting your first garden seem too overwhelming or you have limited space? Check out this option: The Tower Garden Aeroponic Growing System.

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Moroccan Cauliflower Salad

March 13th, 2012

Rich flavors, smells, and colors warm up this cool cauliflower salad. I use herbs and peppers from my Humble Seed garden.

Ingredients:
I large head of cauliflower (any color or variety will work)
1 small red onion
1 sweet bell pepper (red or orange)
1 can organic chick peas drained an rinsed
1/2 cup of Castelvetrano olives (pitted and halved)
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (I grew and dried and ground my own from my Humble Seed garden)
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
5 sprigs of thyme (leaves removed)
1 clove garlic smashed or diced super fine
The zest from one orange
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon white vinegar
8 tablespoons Spanish or Italian Olive oil (plus 2 tablespoons for roasting)

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 425. Wash and cut all of the cauliflower from the head. After drying the cauliflower line a baking sheet with tin foil and lay all of the cauliflower on baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil and then coat the cauliflower with the turmeric, paprika, and cumin. Toss the florets until they all get covered in the spices. Roast the Cauliflower for about 15-20 minutes or until just barely fork tender. You want the stems to be tender enough to eat but not mushy.

While the cauliflower is roasting, finely slice the red onion and julienne the sweet bell pepper, then set them aside.

Next roughly chop equal handfuls (about 1/4 cup) of cilantro and parsley.

If the cauliflower is still in the oven, take a minute to toss together this super easy dressing. I use a jar with a lid, but a bowl and a whisk will work just as well. Begin by combining the lemon juice, the white vinegar, the zest from an orange, thyme leaves, and the smashed garlic. Mix all these ingredients together before adding the oil. If you are using a bowl slowly incorporate the olive oil while whisking all the ingredients together. If you are using a jar add the olive oil, screw on the lid and SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE!

Now allow the cauliflower to cool down completely. Once it has cooled and come to room temp you can toss everything together.
Mix the bell pepper, onion, chick peas, olives, and cauliflower together then coat and toss with citrus dressing. Salt and pepper to taste. Then enjoy this bright nutritious salad!

About Katheryne:

 

Sustainability is very important to me because I believe that we should take care of the planet that gives us so much. Love the earth and it will love you back. Know where your food comes from; be informed about what you are consuming. By choosing to eat organically grown produce the impact that you are making on the environment and your own health is a positive one.  Living sustainably to me, is not about  what you are giving up, it’s about all that you get! You can check out my website and please be sure to “like” my Facebook page!

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5 Myths of Heart Disease

May 24th, 2011

One of the greatest benefits of a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables is a healthy heart.  Guest blogger Millie Bruce tackles 5 common myths of heart disease.  We hope our readers find Millie’s post enlightening as well as informative. 

For both males and females of any age, coronary disease may possibly be the main killer. It kills more people than ALL kinds of cancer combined. If you’re African-American or over sixty-five, your risk of a heart attack is much higher.  However, it must be noted that coronary disease is an equal opportunity destroyer.  Any individual, anyplace, anytime could have a hearth attack [1].

Myth #1: Only adults need to worry about their cardiovascular system.

Things that trigger heart disease accumulate with time. To be a couch-potato, over-eating and never training are typically really bad habits that could begin in childhood. Increasingly more doctors are starting to get heart attack patients in their twenty’s and thirty’s compared to the more traditional victims in their fifty’s and sixty’s.

Being in good shape and at the right bodyweight will not make you safe from heart attacks. Although, both exercising regularly and maintaining the right bodyweight helps. You will still need to look at your bad cholesterol and blood pressure level. A good blood cholesterol (or lipid profile) range is under 200. The best blood pressure level is at or below 120/80.

Myth #2: I’d feel unwell if I had high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

They call these, “silent killers” for the reason that they show NO signals. One-third of all mature people have hypertension. Of those, one-third don’t know they have it.  High cholesterol is a measure of the fats stocked through your blood stream. Fats may be dropped anywhere in your body, but tend to congregate all-around internal organs, as well as your heart. This predisposition may run in family members. Therefore, even if you’re at a good bodyweight and don’t smoke, it’s important to have your cholesterol and blood pressure examined on a regular basis. Please note, once may not be sufficient [2].

Myth #3: Both women and men DON’T feel the same signals.

Women and men CAN have precisely the same signals, however often times they do not. Females tend to get the subtler symptoms and males often have the kind of strokes seen in the movies. However, both genders can have any of the typical signals.

The subtler warning signs, which include jaw achiness, nausea or vomiting, breathlessness and extreme physical weakness, are likely to get described away. “My jaw hurts mainly because my lunch sandwich was on whole-grain bread and I was forced to chew very, very hard.” Or, while clutching their stomach, “I shouldn’t have had that additional piece of pizza.” “Half of women don’t have chest pain in anyway,” announces Kathy Magliato, a heart specialist at California’s St. John’s Health Center.  Put all the little indicators and symptoms to each other and listen to your system.

Keep in mind, both women and men could experience the “grab-your-chest-and-fall-down-gasping” form of cardiac event, however you already know, that’s not the only way.

Myth #4: So long as my blood glucose level is in check, Type 2 diabetes will not be a risk factor.

Though trying to keep your blood sugar level with a normal range (80ml-120ml) keeps you healthier, just having the additional blood sugar in your system takes its toll on arterial blood vessels. It is necessary to exercise and eat healthier to help take control of your diabetes, bear in mind to test your blood pressure level and blood cholesterol, too.

Myth #5: My medical professional would order medical tests if I were at risk for heart disease.

From time to time, most of us ignore to tell the physician about the little pains we’re feeling. The medical professionals, with no knowledge of the various things we consider as insignificant, could pass over heart exams.  “Mammograms and Colonoscopies are normally recommended by doctors,” says Merdod Ghafouri, a cardiologist at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Va, [3] “and are required, but heart scans usually are not routinely conducted.” A heart scan can find plaque build-up in the arterial blood vessels before you even find out you have a problem.

Do you have the motor oil and transmission fluid examined in your car every 5,000 miles? Have other preventive auto repair done? Doesn’t your only heart deserve as much care as your car?

Links to Complementary Guides About Heart Disease:

- [1] Web MD is a very good source for good and timely medical and health facts and information.

- [2] Mediterranean Book is the National Board for the preservation of the Italian healthy eating traditions. It’s a non-profits website managed by Italians that encourage the Mediterranean Eating Plan. They offer headlines and health related research linked to the many advantages of the Mediterranean diet.

- [3] Life Extension is a world wide authority on nutrition, health and fitness as well as a specialist of clinical facts about heart disease therapies. They cover a different component of heart health by correlating  gingivitis and cardiovascular disease.

About the author:

Millie Bruce was born in Banffshire, Scotland on August 2, 1944. She had an undergraduate college diploma in Traditional medicine at the University of Glasgow in 1962. She have done nutrition guidance and she educated adult nutrition in Adult Day Care Treatment centers. She worked for medical reporters and testers that produced articles for the New England Journal of Medicine. Now she’s retired and from 2005 to the present she has been a guest writer for health-related websites and blogs and forums.

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Seed and Feed in Phoenix

August 24th, 2010

Jim & Kristen Mitchell, Owners of Humble Seed will be talking about ALL things garden to YOUR plate at the fabulous Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen (www.picazzos.com) in Phoenix this Saturday, August 28, 2010 from 11:00am-12:00pm. The Esplanade store is located at 2501 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016. There will be delicious FREE Appetizers! Also enter to win a Uncle Herb’s Culinary Herb Seed Kit and our garden tote. We hope to see you there!

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Seed And Feed in Paradise Valley, AZ

August 18th, 2010

Jim & Kristen Mitchell, Owners of Humble Seed will be talking about ALL things garden to YOUR plate at the fabulous Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen (www.picazzos.com) in Paradise Valley this Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 11:00am- there will be delicious FREE Appetizers! Also enter to win a Uncle Herb’s Culinary Herb Seed Kit and our garden tote. We hope to see you there!

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