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Photos from Scott McKenzie to go with his beautiful post.
A beautiful story from a dedicated sprouter. Scott McKenzie is a firefighter working up in the Yukon and living in camps. Thank you for sharing Scott, this is fabulous!
The Summer of Sprouts;
For me, this summer will forever be remembered as the summer of sprouts. Not that its the first summer of sprouts, cause that wouldnt be true. Back when I had a house that stayed in one place I had all kinds of sprouters and ate all kinds of sprouts. I had bags, jars, trays, easy sprout sprouters, burlap mats and four of those giant auto watering freshlife sprouters. But this is still the summer of sprouts.
Back then, and well. now too I suppose, I sprouted everything from buckwheat to wheatgrass, almonds to alfalfa, mustard, garlic, everything, yet this is the summer of sprouts.
One Christmas I bought 50 or 60 easy sproust sprouters and cases of little sprout packs and made little winter solstice / Christmas care packages for all my clients and friends. These packages were well received, there was much smiling, laughing, soaking and sprouting.. It was pretty awesome, but for most of them folks, I think it was just kind of a fun and temporary health break, and after a while it was back to normal. So though cool that solstice never received the ol tip tap type of this summer.
This summer was to be, and is, a grand experiment. I decided to head into the Yukon wilderness for at least 6 months, hoping to work in wildland fire, and hoping to live the healthiest fully contained food experience possible.
What this would mean is sprouts, nuts, seeds, dried fruits and more sprouts. The first part isnt whats so awesome its the latter, so type on, type on.
I arrived in the north in March with a water bottle holder with 8 easy sprouters on the dash of my campervan, growing my spring greens.
Also packed for this adventure were 250 lbs of raw nuts and dried fruits to make nut butters and trail mixes with.
Fire culture and sprout culture arent two that you would think would normally overlap, and to be fair they dont. or at least they didnt. From my dash garden I harvest about the equivalent of three grocery store containers of sprouts every day.
This forms the foundation of my daily sprout salad. As you know, sprouts are magical cause they taste just like whatever the vegetable is that they will grow up to be. Since carrot sprouts taste just like baby carrots, mustard like mustard, onions like onions and so forth, in addition to being gigantic, my daily salad is different everyday. I add in an assortment of the nuts every day, a combination of almonds, cashews, brasil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, incan berries, mulberries, blueberries, pinapple and so forth. Grind tahini and mustard for dressing, or oil and vinegar, and enjoy the life force of the sprouts entering my body.. Yummmm.
I make a giant salad every day, and feel fantastic. It didnt happen right away, but after a little while, the fellas started to take an interest in it. Its quite different than the burger and fries, poutine or steak sandwhich which is mostly all that is available in the towns and campgrounds up here.
Slowly that interest has turned into tasting, trying and wanting to get on board. Soon someone was bold enough to want to get started. And as a rolling stone gathers no moss, sprouts and sprouters started migrating north. Of course once there is traction look out.
Up here sprouting is the perfect storm, produce is hard to come by, expensive, and often second quality at best. Theres a huge group of health conscious people who would love to up their vitamin, mineral, enzyme, fiber, antioxidant and water quality, oooh did someone say sprouts?
By living it and having the sprouters on the dash, its really brought a lot of attention to how simple, compact, sustainable and tasty sprouting can be.
My sprouting enthusiasm has at time been on the receiving end of some jokes too, at first people can laugh at my passion for the sprouts. But the jokes on them, ha. I often offer them a salad proclaiming sprouts will change their lives and they do.
My good friend Michelle made that tactical error, the error of mocking the power of the sprout. Shes one of those super athletes and is now one of only two women to stand up paddle the Yukon River Quest. Her grand prize for that event a giant sprout salad and an easy sprout sprouter care package.
Yeah it changed her life she just completed building a road trip kitchen for her car, complete with built in sprout station for four easysprouters and further has fully researched and completed the wine pairings for her super sprout salad with lime. Thats world domination.
The fire expansion is going all the time the sprout group reaches border to border and includes crew members, crew leaders and district managers, all now sprouting in their cars, tents and offices. Even the ignition specialist is in on the gig. This is the guy who decides where we get to fight fire with fire and then flies with a giant torch hanging from the helicopter and strategically lights up the forrest. Visualize that, and then that he goes back to base, saunters into his office and sprouts. Isnt that a beautiful image.
For me, its going on four months without going into a store of any kind for food. There have been sprout deliveries around the Yukon to keep this escalating mob sprout happy, and it doesnt look like its going to stop.
Its been really nice to be part of a mob of vibrant healthy sprout loving folks. A mob that is reaching all kinds of demographics and all kinds of places. Last week there was a sprout tasting beach party in the south. Michelle was an organizer. I couldnt be there as Im 700 km north of the beach tucked into the forest, but it happened, the excitement spread and more sprouters are migrating this way.
Its cool and rainy up here near Dawson City Yukon today, the fire indexs are way down and fire season will be wrapping up soon. Soon Ill be heading back down to where the people are. Where sprouters from around the territory will converge. Perhaps well have a potlatch, its hard to say, after all wed all be bringing the same thing. But one thing is for certain and that is that this is the summer of the sprout.
Did you know that to grow a delicious and crispy mung bean, that they should be grown in complete blackness? If they get light, their color turns more pinkish and they can be a little bitter.