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Old 07-26-2006, 08:58 PM   #1
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Farmer Mike likes grazing in the yard

I live on a farm in rural Iowa and enjoy grazing in my yard. Some of my favorites are grass, alfalfa, stinging nettle, and mulberries.

I like to incorporate naturally growing food from my yard in my cooking. My favorite thing to do is boil a few leaves of stinging nettle for a couple minutes and throw them into my bread machine to make the dough raise better. I use the leftover water too.

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Old 07-26-2006, 10:07 PM   #2
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I trust you keep the phone number handy for your local poison control center!

Seriously, it's dangerous to eat random things you find growing wild. Know what you're doing.
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Old 07-26-2006, 10:11 PM   #4
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Hey welcome, Farmer Mike. I can't wait to hear more about what you do with your yard 'food'.
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Old 07-26-2006, 10:44 PM   #5
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Old 07-27-2006, 03:00 AM   #6
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I can't wait to see some of your homegrown recipes! So glad you've joined us!
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Old 07-27-2006, 05:04 AM   #7
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Welcome to the site. Your post is very interesting and reminded me of a lady who wrote the book "I eat weeds". She came a few times to our garden club and helped us identify edible weeds. Most of them are very nutritious.
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Old 07-27-2006, 09:43 AM   #8
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I'M sure Mike knows what to eat..
I had a friend myself she was a kind of "Kraeuterhexe" (herb witch?) and knew alot about the so called weeds and made us a wonderful dinner with stinging nettle omelette, salad with chickweed and things like that.. *yumm*

so welcome on board, Mike ;o)
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Old 07-27-2006, 05:19 PM   #9
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I live on a farm in rural Iowa and enjoy grazing in my yard. Some of my favorites are grass, alfalfa, stinging nettle, and mulberries.

I like to incorporate naturally growing food from my yard in my cooking. My favorite thing to do is boil a few leaves of stinging nettle for a couple minutes and throw them into my bread machine to make the dough raise better. I use the leftover water too.

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Bienvenue, Mike. If you boil it they will come???
Got any sassafras out dere in da yard for some tea? I always like that in the old days.
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Old 07-27-2006, 06:28 PM   #10
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I'M sure Mike knows what to eat..
I had a friend myself she was a kind of "Kraeuterhexe" (herb witch?) and knew alot about the so called weeds and made us a wonderful dinner with stinging nettle omelette, salad with chickweed and things like that.. *yumm*

so welcome on board, Mike ;o)
Identifying weeds is a natural part of growing up on a farm. Much effort and money is spent keeping the fields free of undesirable plants.

I have to say that a stinging nettle omelette sounds pretty good.
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