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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Farm Aid 2009 Live Concert

Today is Farm Aid 2009 concert in St. Louis presented by Horizon Organic http://www.horizonorganic.com/ There will be live blogging by http://www.farmgirlfare.com/ for the Farm Aid website. Not only will those in attendance hear some great music but they will learn about homegrown food production, composting, how our farmers care for the environment, beekeeping and lots more information that ordinary gardeners like us do.

You can get a live feed or watch the concert on Direct TV's The 101 Network, live on FarmAid.org's Webcast and live on Willie's Place on Sirius XM Radio http://www.xmradio.com/onxm/channelpage.xmc?ch=13&utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_content=46021&utm_campaign=0
Check out the just released video of Willie Nelson & Lukas Nelson talking about Farm Aid 2009 on YouTube.  For a full line-up of entertainment, including Willie, visit the website. http://www.farmaid.org/ 

“Just as rock & roll is loud and proud, so is Farm Aid. Farm Aid's greatest accomplishment, I believe, is in the spirit. It's the fact that we represent the spirit of the good fight, to keep something good happening. It just keeps getting stronger and stronger....”
– Neil Young
What exactly is Farm Aid? I remember the first Farm Aid concert many year's ago when their was an extreme crisis among the farmers of America. They were losing their farms due to lack of water, poor crop production and bills just kept piling up. DeJaVu....Anyway, Farm Aid has been helping farmers for 24 years now. If you want a bite of Heaven, taste a home-grown tomato or squash. Industrialized farming has it's place but most of us want to eat fresh foods that are not harmful to our bodies and are not grown hundreds or thousands of miles away.
Where would we be without our local farmers? What local farmers, you ask? http://www.greenling.com/
With Greenling you too can have home-grown veggies delivered to your door at a pretty fair price. Of course, we in Centeral Texas are blessed with all the local Farmers' Markets. Just about every city and a market open on Saturday and some on Wednesday too. Read more about Farmers' Markets here http://www.garden.org/urbangardening/index.php?page=august_market
If you live in or around Austin visit their award-winning market on Wednesday and Saturday, rain or shine. http://www.austinfarmersmarket.org/  When you go, take the family. It is not just to purchase the freshest fish, veggies, fruit, flowers, bread and cheese anywhere, but a fun-filled time with live music, entertainment for the kids and lots of samples! I bought my blueberry plants there last year. Even my small town has organic beef. I suggest you try home-grown foods!

Speaking of inspiration! I have a good recipe for you if you have too much basil. No one can have too much basil...I meant a bumper crop of basil. Let's say you want to veg out and watch football today but you don't want to spend your time in the kitchen or spend big bucks on snacks. This recipe is very good and takes no time at all.
  • Buy a Bobolli pizza dough http://www.boboli.com/ (you will probably want 2 or 3)
  • Gather your favorite toppings for pizza. Hold it! Try my recipe before adding pepperoni or sausage.
  • Make basil pesto by blending a large hand-full of basil, fresh garlic, some pine nuts and some Parmesan cheese. As this is swiling, pour in about 1/2 cup of virgin olive oil.
  • Spread your dough with a few tablespoons of pesto. Take it to the edges.
  • Sprinkle with Feta cheese, or if you must, Mozellrella
  • Add any of the following: chopped black olives, chopped green chiles, chopped cherry tomatoes, fresh mushrooms, chopped pepperonicini...get the picture?
  • Now bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes...keep checking for doneness.
Easy, right?

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