It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Here are a few food related items that I thought might interest you.

First, an update on my garden. It finally looks like things are progressing all over. The tomato plants I’ve been so worried about have proved to be hearty little guys. They are still much smaller than I’d like them to be by this time of the season, but I have every confidence that they are going to make it now. And who knows, maybe because they’ve had to work so hard to survive up until this point, they’ll be harder working.

I’ve been surprised at how many basil plants are popping up throughout the garden. Last year, I didn’t pull the dead basil plants, and I suppose that gave them plenty of time for their seeds to get scattered. So there are basil plants growing willy nilly throughout some of the other plants. I suppose I’ll have to transplant them if they get overcrowded, but for now I’m letting them be.

My green beans and broccoli are growing very nicely. I’ve got a nice flower on one of my eggplants (see picture) and there is even a flower on one of my tomato plants. The two watermelon plants that we dug a patch for on the side of the house are getting bigger every day.

The weeds are starting to rear the ugly little heads, but weeding is good exercise, right?

Now, on to our regularly scheduled Friday food news.

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Speaking of gardening, Fine Gardening has a very well written and useful piece on using herbs as ground cover – complete with ideas for which herbs work well in sun and which work well in the shade. What a great idea.

I have a secret in my garden. My secret is so versatile it eliminates weeding, prevents soil erosion, acts as an insulator in winter, a water retainer in summer, and is low maintenance. I'm talking about herbal groundcovers. Nothing works as a ground cover better than herbs. Rambling herbs are adaptable and reproduce by themselves. They act like living mulches, eliminate weeding, prevent soil erosion, act as a soil insulator in winter and a water retainer in summer, and require very little maintenance. Their beauty and delightful fragrance are bonuses.
Click here for the full story.

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Earlier this week I wrote about American Farmland Trust holding the America’s Favorite Farmers Market contest. Sustainablog reports that farmers market lovers have another opportunity to support their favorite one with a separate contest being held by Care2.com and Localharvest.org.

This summer you can show your support for your favorite farmers market, by helping it win a $5000 reward. Care2.com and Localharvest.org are sponsoring this great online contest. The $5000 top prize will be awarded to the farmer’s market that is voted the most popular by internet users like you.
Click here for the full story.

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Monsanto has started a Fact site in response to the upcoming movie Food, Inc. The Lavidalocavore blog has some thoughts about Monsanto’s Fact site and the movie.

Monsanto has launched a website response to the upcoming documentary Food, Inc. I was fortunate enough to see an advance screening of the film, which I felt was very reasonable and accurate in its portrayal of the facts. Monsanto disagrees. They say:

    Food, Inc. is a one-sided, biased film that the creators claim will "lift the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer." Unfortunately, Food, Inc. is counter-productive to the serious dialogue surrounding the critical topic of our nation's food supply.

Click here for the full story. For more information on the movie Food, Inc. see MNN’s lifestyle blogger Siel’s post from last week. 

Enjoy your weekend!

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