Fresh Fare From the Farm

I think I may have a problem with alliteration. . . using it in excess, that is 😉

These past two weeks, I have been bringing home a stunning amount of beautiful, nutritious, fresh-from-the-field food from my internship at Greenbrier Farms. They make sure that everyone working gets to partake in the bounty of the harvest, and it’s contributed to nearly all of my meals being at least 50% local (some of them 100%)! I love eating food that I know I had a hand in harvesting, washing, and packaging earlier that week or even that morning!

These were some of my goodies last week:

That loaf of bread? GARLIC ROSEMARY! DIVINE.

This week, Roddy, one of the owners, told me to just go out in the garden before you leave and pick some of what you want . . . you know what’s out there and ready, you’re in it everyday. Isn’t food the whole point?

Why thank you sir, I believe I will! And, I believe it is!

Farm fresh eggs and crunchy yet smooth and buttery lettuce? Yes please!

This lettuce reminds me of a buttercrunch, but better! It is called kwik, I think. I used it in southwestern style lettuce wraps, and the eggs in mini, personalized frittatas. YUM!

What are some of your favorite recipes with foods in season now? 

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(Good Enough To Eat) Brown Sugar Scrub

I’ve been plagued with bumpy, red arms my entire life from a skin condition called keratosis pilaris. It is really common, affecting as much as 40% of the adult population. Essentially, the body makes an excess of the protein keratin, which gets stuck in the hair follicles and causes small red bumps. As a kid, I was never super aware of it until a friend would brush up against my arms and comment on their “sandpapery” quality. Luckily for me, my freckly self makes it hard to see, but I hate the way it feels: I’ve always wanted smooth, silky skin like that of my friends.

Not much has eradicated it, but I’ve found several things that seem to help. Along with diet (some people seem to find a correlation between gluten and their aggravated skin, mine gets worse with dairy) the best method of treatment I’ve ever done was to exfoliate and moisturize well.

Enter this gem:

After using this in the shower yesterday and today, my arms feel . . . almost smooth!

It is super simple, and I don’t have exact measurements for you all because I simply eyeballed it myself.

Good Enough To Eat Brown Sugar Scrub
Brown Sugar
Olive Oil
Honey
Essential Oil of Choice (Optional)

1. Fill a glass jar not quite full with unpacked brown sugar (I used an old natural peanut butter jar–you can see part of the label is still there!)


 2. Pour olive oil into the jar, about 1/4 the amount of brown sugar used.

3. Next, add your honey. Add slightly less honey than you did olive oil.

4. Add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil. I love minty things, so I added 10 drops of peppermint and 5 of spearmint.

5. Stir it all together:

And enjoy your smooth, moisturized, happy skin!

Do you have any DIY beauty favorites?

To see another homemade beauty product from my old blogging work at The BindingBee, visit this post.

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