Saturday, August 1, 2009

Interested in some fresh, local veggies?

Hey all, so here we are with two major events going on this weekend ... Tour de Bowness and Ironman 70.3. The hill climb is over and my legs and lungs are trying to tell me something that my brain does not want to listen to. We will see if stretching will help me feel better in the morning.

As some of you know, I have been getting back to my agricultural roots and have put in a half acre of vegetables. My plan is to sell these vegetables at the Calgary Corn Maze, but I also thought that I would put it out to the team to see if anyone wants some farm fresh produce. The veggies are grown out at my parents farm NW of the city and are pesticide and herbicide free. Pretty much organic, but you have to jump through a lot of hoops to get certified and I have no interest in that.

Due to the ongoing process of thinning and weeding, so things can have space to grow, I have baby green onions (quite possibly the most delicious green onions I have ever tasted) and beet greens ready right now. I know what you are saying ... beet greens, what the heck are those and what do I do with them (two questions I asked myself). Beet greens are the tops of the beet plant and are a good source of Protein, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese. Who knew I was going to throw out something so good for you!? For the past week I have been throwing the greens into my salad with other greens and there are also many recipes on the internet.

Over the next two months I will also have potatoes (eleven varieties ... looking forward to the ones with red or purple flesh), beets, dill, carrots and green onions. I have some bulb onions planted, but I don't know if they will fill out by the fall. Let me know if you are interested and I can hook you up with the green stuff (not the illegal kind).

Good luck to everyone who is racing this weekend and I am sure that I will see most of you over the next couple days!


Marilyn said...

Mark, I totally want some veggies. E-mail me:

Jared Green said...

Mark. Can you bring a bag of veggies to the crit tonight for me? Wow, those sound amazing.

RobWoolley said...

Mark, I am down to help pick some veggies! your garden looks pimpin.

Kailee said...

Hey Mark,

I would definitely be interested in some veggies. Perhaps send me an e-mail ( and we can chat more about it.

Good job on the hill climb!


Thomas said...

Mark I am definitely into getting some of these veggies.

mhoang9 said...

Me too, Mark. How much do you want?

Mike Hoang

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