SUNDAY MORNING HARVEST FROM URBAN GARDEN 1 - Enough for two meals.
Urban Garden 1 is the garden in my front yard that I'm currently converting from a lawn to a space that will eventually grow only edible perennials. For this year and the next, as I establish the perennials, I'll allow a few annual edibles in this area. Tomatoes, Okra, Bell Peppers, cantaloupe and beans are growing in this garden along side the developing shrubs, trees and perennials.
The resulting meals from this harvest will be prepared thusly:
1. Layer of Swiss Chard spread as bottom layer over the entire plate. (Buckwheat leaves, basil, and mint harvested from Urban Garden II beside my driveway will also be added.)
2. Chopped tomato and green bell pepper are placed on top of that layer.
3. Sauteed (in one teaspoon olive oil) sliced okra and onions poured hot over the greens.
NOTE: When, for dessert, I add a bowl with 8 ounces of non-fat greek yogurt and a few strawberries (from my garden)--I have a meal that supplies me with 100% of my daily requirements for vitamin C and about 50% of my daily requirements for many other essential vitamins and minerals. In addition, I have met my daily requirement for 58% of required protein.
I know that none of the vegatables I'm eating have been doused with chemicals and the only transportation requirements to get them to market (my dining table) are me and a wicker basket. I estimate that I have reduced by food footprint by at least 50%.