Elevated Eats is Toronto's newest elevated test farm with an ultimate goal of feeding hungry and elevating food education. On June 14 2016 we had our first harvest at the garden. We filled 5 crates with leaf and butter crunch lettuce for donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank.
In this Cityline segment, Frankie talks to us about the different types of peppers you can grow at home, if you dare, from sweet ones to the world's hottest pepper, the Caroline Reaper, which is measured at two million scoville units!!! (In comparison, Cayenne peppers are only between 7,000 and 8,000 scovilles). That's one hot pepper!
Tips for growing peppers:
Frankie give us some tips on growing fruits and vegetables in containers, including fruit trees! It is easy to grow food in most living areas, from backyards to high rise condo balconies.
You can grow your own berries at home! Frankie tells us what berries you can grow at home, which ones are space hogs, which ones are worth the investment and why you need to sacrifice blooms for best results for others.
We have put together a little inspiration for you as you start planning your vegetable garden. When entertaining, why not showcase the food you have grown? Here are some great ideas to take your food from the garden to party!
1. Veggie Bar
Create a veggie bar using some of the vegetables from your garden. Offer various dips and salad dressings for your guests to choose from.
Before you start growing your own food here a few things you need to know...
Check out Frankie's Newest Book "Food To Grow" - packed full of everything you need to know when growing your own food! On bookstore shelves March 8th, 2016 or online: http://amzn.to/1RMDwNc
Homemade Soup Day - February 4th, 2016
Written By Alyce Ferragine aka Frankie's mom
My mother-in-law, Frankie’s Italian Nona, gave me a lesson in making soup when I was a new bride almost fifty years ago. Until that lesson, soup was something my grandmother made once a year. It was scotch broth, that took all day to cook in a huge pot. The homemade soup was packaged in mason jars and every home got a sample. It was delicious and we always looked forward to it. Other than that in a Canadian home, soup was something made by Campbell’s.
FOOD TO GROW IN WINTER = SPROUTS!
In 2016, I want you to get out there and grow something. Not just anything - I want you to grow something you can eat! Most food producing plants need sun to grow which makes winter a difficult time to “get growing”. The good news is winter is great time to get sprouting! Simply put, sprouts are freshly germinated seeds. Sprouts are packed full of nutrients, many are a good source of protein, Vitamin A, Niacin, Calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, Copper and are low in saturated fat and sodium!