I just finished the Home Grown Food Challenge, an entire month of only eating foods that I’ve grown, harvested or preserved from my garden, and to quote the Fab 4 (in past tense)… “I got by with a little help from my friends.” This was the 5th year in a row that I’ve done this, and believe it or not, even after all these years I can still use help coming up with new and interesting ways to prepare the food that I’ve grown.
A big THANK YOU to all of my wonderful colleagues for providing great suggestions and inspirations for what I should eat. Here are a few highlights from the past month including recipes suggested by others and some of my own mouthwatering (in a vegetarian sort of way) concoctions.
Zughetti Noodles, thanks Jess!
Thai Cabbage Salad and Turnip Mashed Potatoes, thanks Shana and Deb!
Some lucky folks who suggested recipes were even given a delicious eggplant to make something on their own. Check them out in full Flipagram glory.
In true GYK Antler fashion, no team effort would be complete without a #TeammateTakeover. On October 19th, I took over the @gykantler instagram account to show an intimate glimpse of what it’s like to live life on the farm.
Through the years the Home Grown Food Challenge has taught me a lot, such as the importance of planning ahead, the value of sharing your experiences with others and how hard work can lead to much gratification. Just when I thought I couldn’t learn more, the small collection of vegetables below teaches me a valuable life lesson: Juice in Moderation. I’m not talking about the “juicing” that athletes do (wink wink nudge) but the actual process of extracting all the juice from fruits & vegetables. In my first real attempt, I juiced 4 beets, 2 apples, the world’s largest carrot and a pile of kale and chard, making a delicious, yummy and perfectly juiced drink. I quickly downed the drink (it was really THAT delicious!), which caused a head rush followed by a crash. Next time…I’ll drink s-l-o-w-e-r.
Well there you have it. Stay posted into 2015 as I demonstrate how Google Glass can be utilized for in-the-moment content capturing.
Luke Garro is the EVP, Content Director at GYK Antler and leads digital marketing programs for a number of natural products brands.