March 2004

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Producer Profile: The Igl Family

Ask the Midwife: Starting Your Baby on Solid Food

Herbal Corner: Spring Equinox Bloomers

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Book & General Merchandise News
Kathy Humiston
WSGC Buyer

The Great American Meatout

As well as being the first day of spring, March 20 is also the 20th annual observance of the Great American Meatout. Sponsored by the activist group Meatout, this day is designated as a day of education in food choices—the ethics of growing and consuming meat, the health benefits of going vegetarian, the environmental and sustainability issues of a meat-based diet and its impact on world hunger. For many of us, trying to reduce or eliminate meat from our diets can leave us yearning for familiar comfort foods. If you happen to be cooking for a combination of vegetarians and meat eaters, the challenges can seem daunting.

The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook

This month we feature a cookbook by Robin Robertson that is tailor-made to help you over these hurdles. The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook is filled with 275 delicious vegetarian versions of “comfort food.” There are recipes for the grill and for steamy, hearty oven dishes, sandwiches, stews, salads and more. The meat-free meatloaf with a side of mashed spuds and gravy will make even grandpa happy and kids will love the pizzas and burgers. For St. Patrick’s Day why not try “My Wild Irish Stew”—maybe with a warm loaf of soda bread on the side? Whether you are a confirmed vegetarian or just looking for tasty recipes to make the occasional meatless meal, this book is a winner for combining comfort, flavor and meatless satisfaction. The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook is on sale in March at 15% off the publisher’s price.

What Are We Feeding Our Kids
New to our bookshelves this month is What Are We Feeding Our Kids? by Michael F. Jacobson and Bruce Maxwell. Originally published in 1994, this book is still a valuable resource to help guide parents through the nutritional maze that comprises many kids’ diets. You will learn about the food-related “adult” health concerns that now plague many children, the role of food corporations in school lunchrooms and classrooms and maybe most importantly what you can do about your own child’s diet and how to affect change outside your home.

Rodale’s All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening
Since spring does officially arrive this month I think I can safely discuss a new gardening book in our collection! Rodale’s All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening is big and full of useful information for keeping your flowers, veggies, lawns, bogs and brambles clean and green. In true encyclopedic style, this book is arranged in alphabetic order—you’ll find “Herbs” tucked between “Herbicides” and “Historical Gardens” for example, but all the info you need to keep your green space organic is really in there. The book has an extensive suggested reading list and huge index. From Abelia to Zucchini, your green thumb will be covered.

Seeds & Gardening Supplies for Sale

Also in the spirit of spring, don’t forget to check out the seed rack, located in the Produce department. Stocked with seeds for yummy heirloom vegetables and beautiful flowers, these come from Seeds of Change, so you know they are good and organic, too. If you are searching for a particular seed variety, write a customer comment note to Crystel—she’ll do her best to try to order it in for you. We also have garden gloves in a range of sizes, as well as Jiffy Pots to start seeds indoors and some hand tools to transplant those seedlings when the time is right.