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My name is Sarah and I am currently an intern here at Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply. I’m hoping this will be the first of many of my posts, and because we don’t know each other very well right now, I would like to make this first post both organically insightful as well as provide a little information about myself!
It appears that all around the world, people have been stricken with soccer (futbol) fever. For those of you who have been living under a rock, the World Cup is currently taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa and it would appear as though even the biggest soccer skeptic can’t resist getting in on the action. After yesterday’s win for the boys from the U.S., I couldn’t help but take two complete opposites, organics and soccer, and turn them into my first blog post.
As an organic farm and garden supply store, we are all about what’s in season and ready for the picking. Being as it is the beginning of summer, it is just about time to harvest your corn and summer squash(depending on where you live in the country). While researching this piece, I was delighted to discover these two vegetables happen to be staples for the people of South Africa.
South Africa is located on the Southern tip of the African continent and is slightly less than twice the size of Texas. Only 12% of this vast land is devoted to agriculture and above all other crops grown, is corn, or “mealies”. Early South Africans were mostly hunter-gatherers who depended on foods such as tortoises, crayfish, coconuts, and squash to survive. It was early natives who taught South African inhabitants to grow the staple vegetables (corn, squash, and sweet potatoes), and even today the modern Zulu people, who are located close to Johannesburg, often delight in corn porridge and vegetable stews.
Now that you’ve been given a little bit of the background, it is time to get cookin’! Once your corn and squash are ready for harvesting, take these crops straight to your kitchen and incorporate them into these wonderful recipes
From South Africa
You will need:
*Serves 6 to 8 people
*Add more flavor by using organic products! Some advantages to organic corn are: It has not been genetically modified, and is free from harmful pesticides.
From Our Library
Cheesy Corn Souffle
You will need:
*Serves 4 people
Angel Hair Pasta with Summer Squash
You will need:
-You can also substitute the pasta for rice or any grain, and cook according to package directions.
*The advantages of using organic squash: there are no toxic agriculture chemicals on the produce.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my first post and I wish you happy harvesting of these delicious crops! I look forward to writing again, but until then, let me know if you have any more recipes to share, or comments about the ideas provided.
Thanks for your time!