Happy Spring Summer! Fruit trees are blooming (or just finishing) all over the island, so it’s time to talk about our least favorite creatures – pests! While there are plenty of beneficial insects, including some you may not even realize are helping around the garden, there are a few that will ruin your next apple … More Pest Control to Major Tom…
Hello Good Cheer friends, Penguin* (they/them) is excited to be here! After teaching English in Japan for ten years, I escaped last year into the woods. For five and a half months it was my joy to hike the Appalachian Trail. After that, there was no way I could go back inside, so I took … More Welcome Penguin, Garden Apprentice
Who are the Mason Bees? Mason bees are gentle, native bees who typically nest in natural cavities found in old wood or hollow stems. They use mud to seal their nests (the masonry part of being a mason bee), and will happily live in houses built for them by gardeners and orchardists who want to … More Happy Spring from the Good Cheer Gleaners!
To all of our amazing volunteers and tree donors, thank you for your time and generosity during the 2018 gleaning season! With your help, we brought more than 5,000 pounds of tree fruit to the food bank and partner organizations including WIN, the Senior Center, and the Veteran’s Center. Some of the late ripening varieties … More Marching Into Spring With The Gleaners
Since 2011, Good Cheer has offered apprenticeships at the intersection of farming and food access. These positions have been paramount in allowing us to grow and provide our community with the freshest, most nutrient-dense food possible. We are now accepting applications for our 2019 apprenticeship. If you are interested in pursuing a career in farming, … More Now Hiring 2019 Garden Apprentices!
The most common recipe you may have for zucchini is zucchini bread. While that works well as a healthier dessert or popular brunch option, what if you are in the mood for a savory snack? Zucchini are a great source of potassium and vitamin A, and baked zucchini strips are lower in calories than the … More Summer Recipes – Baked Zucchini Fries
Love pickles, but always wondered how to make your own? It’s simpler than you might think – just some cucumbers sitting in some kind of vinegar for a period of time. You need canning jars, or something that you can seal tightly, and there are a few other ingredients you can use, like dill and … More Summer Recipes – Homemade Dill Pickles
Ever heard of fennel and wondered what it might taste like? The white bulb is a crispy, slightly sweet vegetable that can be sautéed, stewed, grilled, or even eaten raw. The leaves can be used for salads or as a garnish, similar to dill. Fennel is a good source of antioxidants and vitamin C. An … More Summer Recipes – Roasted Fennel with Parmesan
While the easiest way to prepare cucumbers is to slice and shake some salt over them as a snack, adding them to a salad sounds more exciting. Unlike the past two recipes that involved grilling, this cucumber salad involves no cooking. The hardest part is the preparation, which only involves slicing and dicing the main … More Summer Recipes – Cucumber, Tomato, & Red Onion Salad
Almost all of us have used garlic in a few of our recipes, but what about garlic scapes? If you’re wondering what relationship they have to garlic, they are the long leafless stalk that grows from the garlic bulb. Scapes are known for their less intense and brighter garlic flavor. They are normally cut off … More Summer Recipes – Grilled Garlic Scapes