Plants contain the remarkable ability to adapt to their specific geographic location to better their chance of survival in overly competitive terrain. Each plant contains its own unique abilities to cope, flourish, and out-compete its adversaries for water, light, and nutrients. Some are allelopathic - containing the ability to poison plants around it - like the infamous ragweed or black walnut, while others parasitize larger plants.
Last month, Farmscape helped Los Feliz resident Abbie Zands create a raised bed vegetable garden in his parkway. We planted a selection of crops with an eye toward keeping the garden tidy – mostly herbs, peppers, and eggplants. In the following weeks, Abbie tended the plot with his wife and two daughters and it became a gathering point for neighborhood residents walking their dogs or returning from the grocery store. The produce was divvied up between Abbie’s family and neighbors, with neighbors sending along photos and recipes showing how they used the produce to be posted on a newly launched Parkway to Table blog.
Context can significantly impact how we perceive flavor. According to a new study out of the UK, food consumed using a silver spoon tastes better. The study goes on to look at how the color, shape and material of utensils and plates impacts how something tastes. For a full summary of the study’s findings, I recommend checking out The Salt's coverage of the study.
This orzo salad is a dish that screams "Welcome to Summer!" with its crisp vegetables, fresh dill, and tangy red wine vinaigrette. It's the perfect side for any barbeque, or a light main-course lunch that will make all your co-workers jealous.