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Sometimes You Gotta Get Dirty to Eat Clean

January 06, 2013
Chioggia Beet Planted winter 2012; harvested winter 2013

Chioggia Beet: a tasty, dirty root that’s sweet & nutritious

If you want to eat clean, you might want to get dirty first by growing your own organic food at home.

Yep, all that beautiful organic produce you buy at the farmer’s market or grocery store starts out as a seed germinating in the earth. And when it is harvested, it is more likely than not coated in soil and has a few protein-rich bugs taking a nibble from it. Before you see it at the market, your farmer or grocer or some middle man along the way has trimmed off the worst looking bits and cleaned off most of the dirt.

Today we missed out on our farmer’s market, but I was able to refill our depleted veggie bin in the fridge after spending a bit of time out in the garden getting dirty. With a prediction of snow in the forecast for later this week, it was time for me to pull the last of our most tender greens. Too, I’m past due on cleaning up a couple of our veg beds, so pulling out the last Brussels Sprouts and kale has been on my to-do list. While getting these up, I found a few tiny heads of lettuce, some irresistible Dino kale and two kinds of beets just begging to be eaten.

All were filthy. Most had bugs — both aphids on the kale and (believe it or not) lacewings in the Brussels sprouts. (The lacewings eat the aphids, in case you didn’t know.) So, I sorted out the bugs, cut away the nastiest bits on the greens, and scrubbed & soaked away the last bits of soil.

Cleaning out the Dirt to Eat Clean

Trimming, rinsing and then soaking dirty vegetables is a great way to get them ready for storage. Much of the residual soil & bugs will sink to the bottom making clean up easy for you!

This week we eat clean, fresh, local and organic — all because we’re willing to get a bit dirty along the way.

Have you started planning your 2013 seasonal edible garden yet? Now’s the time to plan and prep so your garden’s growing strong come Spring. In fact, I’ll be marking up my seed orders after I finish this post & then cooking up a batch of the greens currently soaking in our kitchen sink.

If you need help getting your garden plans together for the coming season, get in touch now to schedule your garden coaching session. Don’t wait until the growing season is well underway or you may miss out!


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