Om Maker

Wellness with Janina Church
April 4th, 2013

Eating with the seasons- Spring!

To me, spring means…

flowers, showers, winds, rebirth, new growth, SPRING BREAK, bunnies, eggs, taxes, longer days, more runs outside, allergies, special birthdays, spring cleaning and detoxing.

It also means CSA boxes!

Now begins my weekly ritual of opening up my box of locally grown veggies and fruit, washing them, setting them out on the counter to dry, and marveling at these gorgeous gifts from nature.

My first bunch of CSA goodies!

My first bunch of goodies!

Eating with the seasons is one of the easiest ways to help maintain balanced health throughout the year. When we eat with the seasons we are harmonizing with nature, as seasonal local foods often have healing qualities that remedy the current seasons ailments.

If you are not sure what is in season for your location check out your local farmers market, browse this website
or this spring shopping list compiled by one of my favorite teachers.

Here’s a sample of some spring foods I found in my box this week and some of their medicinal qualities.

  • Beets– good liver and gall bladder cleansers
  • Radishes– decrease congestion
  • Bitter greens– kale, chard, dandelion, mustard, spinach and turnip greens all help detoxify the body, are blood cleansers and rich in anti oxidants
  • Lemons- stimulate digestion, decrease congestion, help cleanse liver and gall bladder
  • Cabbage– anti inflammatory
  • Beans– any kind, high in potassium and relieve water retention


June 5th, 2012

Grow Artichokes!


This is the easiest edible I have ever grown.

Last year, around late summer, I picked up a 1 foot tall artichoke starter plant at the feed store. I put it in a gopher cage and planted it in my garden box. Since then I have done nothing but lightly water it. It is now HUGE and has been popping out sweet artichokes for about a month now. Every other week we harvest 4-5 chokes and gobble them up. The children get so excited when it’s time to harvest. My youngest especially, because he loves them!  Finally another veggie on his “yes” list. Yes!


Seriously, it’s huge! This shot was taken about 2 weeks ago.

It is almost touching the eves of the house now.


Artichokes taste quality is astringent. Which makes it a great spring/summer veggie for an ayurvedic diet. Astringent quality foods are cooling and drying and can be a hard taste to sell to the children. Some other astringent veggies are broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, leafy greens and turnips. See what I mean? Most of the time I sneak astringent into our food by using spices such as turmeric, saffron and hibiscus, as you really don’t need to gobble up tons of astringent foods to balance out your diet taste wise. As a mother, though, it sure is nice to see them add more green to their diets!