The TIP t-shirts are here!

January 23, 2013
The TIP t-shirts are here!

Have you seen the new TIP t-shirts yet? They come in black and gray, and are made of organic cotton. You can find them in a variety of sizes at North End Organic Nursery and Edwards Greenhouse. Even if you’re not a gardener or just don’t have the space to grow tomatoes this year, you can show your support for the Tomato Independence Project by wearing one of these t-shirts around town! Here’s the front:             and here’s the back:             Aren’t they great?

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Seedy Saturday is Back

January 20, 2013
Seedy Saturday is Back

Is all this snow and cold getting to you? Are you dreaming of starting a few seeds and planting them out in the warm sunshine? Plan to attend the Seedy Saturday Seed Swap on Saturday, February 16. The Treasure Valley Seed Savers invite you to attend this fourth annual seed swap to be held at Wright Congregational United Church of Christ in Boise from 1-4 pm. Details HERE.  

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Recipes from the TIP Kickoff

January 15, 2013

We received such wonderful comments about the food served at the kickoff celebration this weekend that we thought we’d share some of the recipes with you. Enjoy! Best Tomato Soup - adapted from Chris Florence, Sweet Valley Organics 1 TB olive oil 1/2 sweet onion, chopped 1/4 tsp. roasted garlic, or 1 tsp. roasted garlic sauce (recipe below) 2 qts canned tomatoes, picked and processed at their peak Salt White balsamic vinegar Cook onions gently in oil until translucent, add garlic or garlic sauce and mix well. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Take off heat, cool slightly. Puree using an immersion blender until smooth, then pass through a chinois or any fine mesh strainer to remove all parts and pieces and leave a silky soup. Add salt and vinegar to taste. Chill, rewarm slightly, or serve at room temperature. Roasted Garlic Sauce 3-4 heads of garlic, root scrubbed thoroughly and tops of cloves removed (trim a very shallow slice from top to expose tops of cloves) Olive oil Red balsamic vinegar White wine Put garlic heads in a small ceramic baking dish (fill up the space). Pour olive oil over the heads (about 3 TB), then pour balsamic vinegar…

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Seed Starting Classes – Sign Up Now Available

January 14, 2013
Seed Starting Classes – Sign Up Now Available

Are you excited about getting started with the Tomato Independence Project, but not so sure about starting tomatoes from seed? Four local nurseries will be holding seed starting classes throughout the month of February. The classes will introduce students to starting vegetable plants from seed, and each participant will have the opportunity to plant each of the four varieties of tomatoes found in the TIP packets. Classes are free, but registration is required. To sign up for classes at Edwards Greenhouse, please visit their website. To sign up for all other classes, please email us your information at treasurevalleyfoodcoalition@gmail.com. Let us know which class you’d like to sign up for, and write “seed starting class” in the subject line. Seed starting classes & times: 1) February 2nd, Edwards Greenhouse, 10:30  - 11:45 a.m. or 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. 2) February 9th, North End Organic Nursery, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. 3) February 16th, FarWest Nursery, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m. 4) February 23rd, Franz Witte Nursery, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.  

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It’s Official: This is the Year to be Tomato Independent

January 13, 2013
It’s Official: This is the Year to be Tomato Independent

On Saturday, January 12, more than 70 people gathered to officially launch the Treasure Valley Food Coalition’s (TVFC) Tomato Independence Project. Despite the frigid outdoor temperatures, all could easily dream of picking fresh tomatoes right off the vine while enjoying the warmth and sun of Edwards Greenhouse. The featured tomatoes in the Tomato Independence Project were revealed at the kickoff. These tomato varieties are great for beginners, selected by our participating nurseries as must haves for gardeners in the Treasure Valley. Mortgage Lifter – perfect sandwich tomato; very large, smooth, pink-skinned, meaty fruits Early Girl – tasty fruit; firm texture and blemish resistant skin Sun Gold – exceptionally sweet orange/gold cherry tomatoes; high yields; long season Tumbling Tom Red – patio variety, bushy plant perfect for containers; produces lots of tasty, bit sized fruit Sign up for a FREE tomato seed starting class at one of our participating nurseries (see our calendar) and take your first step towards tomato independence. And what TVFC event is complete without some delicious food? Everyone enjoyed several tasty tomato dishes, thanks to Sweet Valley Organics, Susan Medlin and Anna Tapia of Tapia Family Catering for preserving the summer’s bounty. (Recipes will be posted here soon, so stay tuned.) TVFC would like to thank our nursery…

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