[Market-farming] Chickweed, Scale Certification

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at inil.com
Wed Nov 29 20:57:48 EST 2006

<p>Thanks Adriana. Some folks around here call creepng charlie chickweed. I wanted to clear that up, so thanks again to John too. But it's interesting how many opportunities there are to turn weeds into crops. I'll have to check out chickweed for myself.</p><p /><p>Bill Shoemaker</p><p /><p>&gt; &gt; &gt; Re: Chickweed &gt; Bill, &gt; I just checked my edible plant bible &quot;Cornucopia, A Source Book of Edible &gt; Plants&quot; and here is what it says about chickweed: &gt; &gt; &quot;Stellaria Media - Chickweed. The tender, juicy leaves and stems are added &gt; tossed green salads and sandwiches, or they can be boiled and eaten like &gt; spinach. Natural foods enthusiasts liquify chickweed along with other &gt; assorted greens, to make what they call 'green drink'. Indians used the &gt; tiny seeds for bread or to thicken soup. Young seedlings can be cut with &gt; scissors and left to regrow. Flowering tops are used as a vegetable or &gt; garnish. Northern temperate region!
 . &quot; They list seed sources, but my book &gt; is a 1990 edition, so they could be obsolete. &gt; &gt; &gt; Just to be sure we're talking about the same thing, isn't chickweed the &gt; &gt; same &gt; &gt; thing as Creeping Charlie? It's a member of the mint family (square stem &gt; &gt; cross-section) and inhabits many lawns as a difficult weed. &gt; &gt; --------------------------------------------- &gt; &gt; Re: Scales &gt; &gt; Here in Alabama the certification process takes about 5-10 minutes. The guy &gt; puts different weights on the scale and makes sure it reads the correct &gt; amount. Costs $30. &gt; &gt; The main advantage of NOT using a scale is speeding up checkout. If you are &gt; concerned about fairness to the customers pre-bag and pre-weigh our items. &gt; &gt; &gt; I don't know what the deal is with the scales. I know that out of 32 &gt; &gt; vendors, NO ONE sells by the pound. When I worked for the research &gt; &gt; station we had those scales certifie!
 d every year. It was an all day &gt; &gt; process. The guys would clea
n them up and re calibrate. &gt; &gt; Adriana &gt; &gt; _______________________________________________ &gt; Market-farming mailing list &gt; Market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org &gt; http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/market-farming &gt; &gt; </p>
William H. Shoemaker
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
St Charles Horticulture Research Center
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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