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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Fresh Sustainable Produce - Grown Locally September 15, 2015
The farm is situated in the valley between two low ridges in western Forsyth County. A creek used to run through the middle of the valley. The previous owner dug out a new bed for the creek and diverted it around the edge of the valley, instead of through the middle.
Indians lived on this property and used the fertile valley to grow corn. We bought the land in 1984 from a man who bought it from Forrest Wade, a local half Cherokee man. Mr Wade wrote a book about the Indians in this area called "The Cry of the Eagle". We have checked it out of the library before and it is full of local history.
Though we have never found an arrow head on the property, when we first moved here there was a huge sycamore along the creek with Indian markings on it. There was also a "knee tree" on a property close by, which the Indians made by bending down a sapling and letting the top grow back up straight, so it made a "knee". They used these trees as sign posts.
The ridges and valleys are fairly short, making a small, peaceful valley for our farm. We are grateful for those who came before us and their good stewardship of this land. We hope to do the same and leave a productive, fertile piece of land, when we are gone.
Pea shoots are packed with nutrition, high in Vitamin A, C and folic acid. They are low in calories and fats but high in flavor. Mix with a raw salad or lightly stir fry these shoots.
If you would prefer a greener shoot, leave it in sunlight for a few hours. It will green right up! Use the shoots within a few days or they will get so tall they will fall over. Cut the stems right above the soil line and wash to remove any soil.
Sweet potato leaves
Depending on varieties and growing conditions, sweet potato leaves are comparable to spinach in nutrient content. The average mineral and vitamin content in a recently developed cultivar, Suioh, is 117 mg calcium, 1.8 mg iron, 3.5 mg carotene, 7.2 mg vitamin C, 1.6 mg vitamin E and 0.56 mg vitamin K/100 g fresh weight of leaves. Levels of iron, calcium and carotene rank among the top, as compared with other major vegetables. Sweet potato leaves are also rich in vitamin B, ßcarotene, iron, calcium, zinc and protein. Studies have shown that sweetpotato leaves contain as many vitamins, minerals and other nutrients as spinach.