Pass the kale chips please.
Kale has become one of the hippest things you can put in your mouth. It is touted as the healthiest, most nutritional food you can eat or drink, as in smoothies. There are many who would argue that this leafy greenish-purple plant is only meant as fodder for horses and cattle.
Kale was eaten and cultivated by the Greeks and Romans over 2,000 years ago and is widely grown in Europe. It can grow just about anywhere, in poor soil or good, which is why it has survived all these years. When cabbage arrived on the scene, the popularity of kale as food dropped until ... it was discovered here in America.
The farm to table movement has brought many forgotten plants into the forefront. There are all sorts of heirloom plants being offered at farmers' markets, which is a very good tasty thing. Carrots and tomatoes of all colors and tastes, potatoes and corn, too -- many of which we can buy at the Bluffton Farmers' Market on Thursdays.
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I read an article not long ago that said kale plants are in short supply due to the overwhelming numbers of people eating the leafy green. There may be a shortage of this dream vegetable if more people do not grow it.
So instead of marijuana, maybe farmers should do a switcharoo and plant kale. Better yet, start selling pork rinds at farmers' markets they are pure protein and healthy. We all need to eat nutritious food, read labels and use common sense.
The duct tape challenge will be a short lived game, I hope.
This new game has teenagers wrapping their arms and legs in duct tape then trying to free themselves from the bondage.
This tape is so strong even the astronauts have used it in outer space to repair their spaceships.
Do not try this -- it is very dangerous.
One can not break free without some terrible sort of trauma happening to one's body.
I won't go into what has happened to teenagers who have tried this.
The duct tape challenge is a stupid dangerous game.
Video: Teen Injured In 'Duct Tape Challenge' Warns Others
FASHIONS FROM THE PAST
The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society will host "Edwardian & Flapper: Garments of the Past", a textile exhibit featuring authentic clothing and quilts from the early 20th century, at 3 p.m. every Wednesday through May 18 at the Colcock-Teel House.
Tickets are $10 each and reservations may be made by calling 843-757-6293.
The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn will host "Stories from the Lowcountry-Gullah Geechee Life" with Judy Mooney and Bluffton artist Amiri Farris through Feb. 28.
Artist workshops with Farris are scheduled from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Feb. 12. Cost $25 per person.
The closing reception for the show is 5-7 p.m. Feb. 26 at the gallery.
The gallery is open 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Call 843-689-6767, Ext. 223, to make reservations for the artist's workshop.
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.