Tomatoland Reading Circle

May 7, 2013
Tomatoland Reading Circle

Why do so many of us remain paralyzed by the perfectly spherical, completely tasteless “tomatoes” that adorn grocery store shelves? What do we actually know about how these tomatoes are produced? And, what arguments can be made for a localized, seasonal tomato economy? Join The Treasure Valley Food Coalition this summer as it explores these and other questions in its Reading Circle featuring Tomatoland by James Beard award-winning author Barry Estabrook. The Reading Circle will meet twice. The first meeting (on June 10th at 6:00 in the Garden at Edwards Greenhouses) is an opportunity for participants to introduce themselves and to determine the date and other details of the group’s second meeting – the actual book discussion and tomato celebration. For more information or to sign up to participate in TVFC’s Tomatoland Reading Circle, please email Amy Hutchinson amynhutchinson@yahoo.com. We hope to see you there!

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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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