Rooted | April 9, 2020
By: Erin Anderson, Executive Director | 04/09/2020
Food, glorious food! In last week’s Rooted, I talked about food, growing your Resilience Garden at home, and organizations like the Idaho Foodbank who need our support now more than ever. This week, the food theme continues…
My spinach and leafy green seeds are starting to sprout this week in my garden. I can’t wait to create some delicious meals in the coming weeks. Our Education Director/IBG resident recipe and amateur chef extraordinaire is sharing a few of her favorite recipes for you to try while we continue to stay at home and keep our community safe.
Elizabeth’s Kale Pita Pizza recipe is a perfect match for the kale starts in my garden at home, and cooking with plants, as we all know, is simply better for our planet. Please don’t take that extra trip to the grocery store if you don’t have all the ingredients needed. Just put them on your list to pick up next time you are there. Oh, and a little birdy told me the Boise Farmers Market will be opening with advanced safety measures and a drive-through model to help you find those local spring veggies grown fresh from a farmer right in our community.
If you are like me and simply want a break from all the cooking for an evening, there are plenty of restaurants, catering companies, and to-go services that are creating specialized menus to rescue you from the doldrums of your taco Tuesday or your throw-back-Thursday (aka leftovers). Here are a few of my personal favorites from our garden supporters:
Wild Plum, our favorite annual Farm-to-Table catering partner, is featuring new hyper local heat-and-serve suppers each week for order by Tuesday with pick-up or delivery on Thursday. They have also teamed up with their friends in the local food community to offer a weekly rotating basket of fresh local goodies to stock your pantry! The baskets are available for pick-up or delivery on Saturday.
Willow Creek Grill, another IBG favorite at our Great Garden Escape concert series, is open 6 days a week for take-out. Plus, you can order online!
Right now is a particularly difficult time for our local restaurants, farmers, and service workers. While some restaurants have changed their operations model, it’s not possible for all to pivot during these unprecedented times. Those within the industry, our neighbors, our friends, our community, need our support.
In the coming weeks, you will hear more about a collaboration called City of Good. Their focus is on getting people in the food industry back to work. Feeding the most vulnerable, those needing to be isolated, and the thousands laid off in the restaurant and food industry. This effort will include food for you (a $10 box meal or a $100 3-day meal kit) that will also provide food for those in need of extra support in these times. Learn more about City of Good at their website and check out their partners, some of Boise’s greatest establishments and community staples like Bittercreek, Red Feather, Fork, Brickyard and the Boise Co-Op.
Thank you for lending me your ear (or rather, eyes) and learning more about how we can continue to grow as a community. As the donations and membership renewals come in each week to the Garden, we can feel the love and support from you. Those donations and memberships will help us re-open our Garden gates when the time is right. I look forward to that time. We can sit in the shade, share a picnic dinner at Great Garden Escape, and trade our best Pandemic 2020 recipes with each other.
Here are a few ways you can take action right now:
Check out the Boise Farmer’s Market Plans here.