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Episode #21 – Community Supported Agriculture


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Since the container gardening doesn’t seem to have a high yield, and since our local organic market has expensive produce and the nearest real farmer’s market is in the next town over, we’ve opted to become subscribers in community supported agriculture (CSA), a relatively new business model for farms that should keep us in locally produced, seasonal, organic produce for months.

CSA can be very cost-effective and convenient, but many people don’t feel comfortable with the idea of cooking whatever it is the farm is growing. So, we’ve brought along Ilona, our friend, local foodie, and fellow CSA subscriber. Rhett and Ilona go to town dissecting the first shipment from Redland Organics and discussing ways to make quick, simple, satisfying meals without bending over backwards.

Interested in trying out CSA for yourself? Just check out Local Harvest to see if there’s a farm near you!

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Greentime Episode #8 – Brewing Soft Drinks



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We’ve been featured in Riptide, the blog of New Times Miami, a newspaper dedicated to local culture!  Thanks go out to Tamara Lush for making this possible. You can see the article about us here.

Rhett shows you how to use a brewing technique similar to methode champagne to put bubbles in flavored sugar water and make your own soda.  This is the traditional technique for making soft drinks such as ginger beer and sasparilla, and it makes for something sweet to serve with dinner or at parties.

Rhett’s ginger beer recipe: place 1/2 cup sugar, 1/8 tsp yeast, 1 tbsp (to taste) ground ginger root, juice of 1/2 lemon, and water to fill to 1″ head room in a 1L bottle. Cap, shake, and let the yeast do the hard work for 24-48 hours at room temperature.

This easy recipe came to us via this WikiHow article.  This technique can be adapted to any number of flavorings and levels of sweetness.  The only limit is your imagination! If you’d like to make cola, a good recipe can be found in OpenCola.  WikiHow provides a simple-to-follow recipe.

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Episode #7 – Mushrooms On Old Coffee


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The Thinking Blogger Award

Rhett takes some time to answer some viewer mail. In addition, we’ve been tagged with the Thinking Blogger Award! So, in keeping with the award, here are our five favorite blogs and podcasts (they’re blogs, too!). If you write for any of these, consider yourself tagged! We give a blurb about each of the blogs in the video

For this week’s project, Rhett gives some pointers on how to get started growing oyster mushrooms on old coffee grinds. This sort of “direct to food” decomposition is a real godsend for those of us who don’t have back yards or large gardens for making and using compost. Put your kitchen scraps to work making gourmet mushrooms! For more information, check out this primer. For more information and supplies for growing your own mushrooms at home, or to get a professionally made oyster mushroom starter kit, you can also check out Fungi Perfecti (this is not a paid endorsement), Rhett’s favorite mycoloculture supplier. Growing mushrooms can be easy and a really fun way to get rid of kitchen waste. Give it a try!

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Greentime Episode #5 – Making Soymilk and Reviewing “The Green”

Amy comments on "The Green" on Sundance Channel, the opinions of some of its hosts, and the establishment of green prestige product industries. We really liked seeing more green programming on TV, but there's another side that might surprise you.

Then, Rhett takes to the kitchen to show you how you can make soy milk at home, getting one more industrial product out of your refrigerator. The recipe: just 425g of soybeans and 3L of water! References for this episode:

  • Plenty, Apr-May 2007
  • Cornell Study: Organic farming 15% more labor-intensive; uses 30% less energy

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Greentime Epidose #3 – Something Growing Out Back

Thanks so much for all the support and all the viewer email we’ve gotten!  We dig into our mailbag this week, and then after that show off our next project to try and lighten the burden on the world– a new set of vegetable and herb gardens in our apartment.  They’re still quite new, but we give some ideas on how to grow food in an apartment cheaply and with limited space.

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Remember, if you have pictures or a link or a question or anything else that you’d like to share with us, you can always email us at greentime@weatherlight.com!

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Greentime Episode #2 – Vegan? Almost!



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Sustainability doesn’t just start at home…it starts with your stomach!  Things we unavoidably consume daily are ripe with opportunities to optimize for a greener tomorrow.  We’ve gone and done some digging in the American diet and found out something that’s obvious to anyone who’s eaten out– Americans eat too much meat.  So, we’re kicking off our personal projects in sustainability by scaling back significantly.  Hear how we’ve made eating only one meat/dairy dish a week work for us, from our personal comfort to our household budget.

It’s a lot to cram into five minutes, so look for future episodes to contain recipe ideas, tips on shopping without breaking the bank, and much more.  Don’t forget to email us!  We’ll read our mailbag on the show.

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