I never know quite what the kids are learning from our everyday experiences. This past week, each of the boys surprised me with their observations.
Keith asked me, “Why is it that some of the crops we really like to eat are so much work to harvest…like our sugar snap peas and green beans.”
I told him that perhaps it was a lesson from God.
He replied, “You mean that maybe God is telling us, that the things we really want in life are what take the most work and that we need to work hard to get them.”
I told him that I couldn’t have said it better myself.
When we were harvesting, Sam looked up at me and said, “God really has a lot of food. How does he grow so much food for us?”
I replied, “You are right. God provides us with what he feels we need: the weather, the soil and the growing conditions. That is why we are so fortunate to share it with our shareholders.”
He said, “Yep, we sure are lucky. I am sure glad God shares with us.”
Boxes of Produce
This list is prepared before we harvest your share. Some guesswork is involved! We do our best to predict which crops will be ready to harvest, but sometimes crops are on the list that are not in the share, and sometimes crops will be in the share even though they’re not on the list.
Remember food safety in your kitchen when preparing, always wash your hands before working with your produce and always wash your produce before eating.
Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce – Wash your vegetables before eating – I love to use my salad spinner after washing the lettuces.
Prizeleaf Lettuce – A beautiful colored lettuce to add to the salads. Add some fresh strawberries or dried fruit to your salads and Enjoy!
Red Oak Leaf Lettuce – Wonderful color to your salads.
Spinach – Remember to wash before eating. A combination of these vegetables will make such a wonderful meal!
Beets and beet greens – One of my very favorite vegetables. The whole plant is edible.
Sugar Snap Peas – Eat the pod and all! No need to peel the pods off – enjoy this vegetable as is! Did you know that Minnesota grows more peas for processing than any other U.S. State? I have seen many peabines (combines for peas) out harvesting the last couple weeks. Here are some interesting Did you Know facts about Minnesota.
Green Beans – They are growing strong ! The boys love eating them fresh out of the garden. Some of you may want a few recipe ideas from Taste of Home.
Cucumbers – The cucumbers are also growing like crazy. We should have an abundance next week. If you would like to can any pickles let us know. We also have dill for you to use as part of your share. Here is a delicious recipe from a blogger friend Jenny Dewey Rohrich.
Summer Squash/Zucchini – Here are a few ideas from Taste of Home.
Onions – Yellow, white and purple onions – If you can’t use them now. Dry them or chop them up and freeze – helps speed up your cooking later.
Cilantro – Fresh cut cilantro can be used in a variety of dishes from salsa to eggs. If you are not planning to use it this week. I would suggest washing and freezing them in an ice-cube tray.
Fresh Arrangement – Hosta Leaves and Hydrangea.
Recipe of the Week
I like to keep the recipes simple and quick. I love to place herbs on meat while grilling. I simply spread some honey or a melted butter/honey mixture on top of the meat and then place some washed herbs on top of the meat. Grill to the proper temperature (yes – I always use a meat thermometer) and enjoy!