Farm Share Love & How to Re-Grow Green Onions
We love our CSA/Farm Share from Juniper Hill Farm! We've been a part of it for the last few years, but this year, since we're eating a solely plant-based diet, we went all out and signed up for the "family size" share. It costs a bit more, but it is twice as large (sometimes more) as our previous share. I think it's a really great value.
Plus, it gives us such a sense of pride to know that each week we are filling up our refrigerator with freshly picked, local, and organic produce. And we are able to support a local farm. It doesn't really get any better than that!
Another wonderful thing about our CSA is that we get to try all sorts of new foods that we otherwise might not try. For example, before we received them in our weekly share last year, I had no clue what garlic scapes were. To be honest, I was a little freaked out by them. They looked a bit like green onions/scallions, but more curly and strange. Now, I am excited every time I see them! They are such a versatile ingredient. (Vegan Garlic Scape Pesto, anyone?!) (I will be making that this weekend, BTW.) It's such a great feeling to "discover" new vegetables and produce, and create new recipes with them.
This week, we received lots of greens: spinach, kale, and salad mix. It is all so crisp and delicious! Along with that we received some more garlic scapes (yay!) and some green onions. We also purchased a fruit share to go along with our veggie share, and I am thrilled about the fact that we received strawberries this week. (I feel like strawberries are a sign that summer is finally in full swing, and I am so excited! Strawberries FTW!)
As excited as I am about the strawberries, I can't hide my enthusiasm about the green onions. I know, what an odd thing to get excited about. But I think you'll be excited too, once I tell you about my fun experiment!
Not too long ago, I came across a pin on Pinterest. It had a picture of some green onions hanging out in a jar of water. The caption simply said, "Re-Growing Green Onions". I was intrigued.
I was also fairly skeptical. I have found that it's generally a good rule of thumb to take everything you find on the internet with a grain of salt. (Especially after that ridiculous applesauce cake fail...) But I was also quite curious, because I love green onions. Is it really possible to re-grow them in your own kitchen with only some water and sunlight?
Well, folks! I have great news! I think it is, in fact, possible!
Check it out!
This is a photo from day 2 of the experiment. There already seems to be some new growth in the middle...
This is what it looks like today, on Day Three.
Just look at how big they're getting already! I am very surprised at how noticeable the growth is today.
So are you ready to try re-growing your own green onions?
Here's how it works:
- Chop or cut the onions as you normally would, saving the white bulbs at the end.
- Place the bulbs in a jar of clean water.
- Place on a windowsill, or somewhere with lots of light.
- Change the water every day to keep them fresh.
- Watch them grow!
And that's it! Super simple, right?
Have you ever tried re-growing your green onions? Are you part of a CSA or farm share in your area? Leave a comment and share your experiences!