Today the gardeners harvested the remaining wax, green and purple beans. They also filled a box with edible nasturtiums — They love to eat the bright colored orange flowers which have a peppery flavor. They also harvested tomatoes, kale, beets, celery, carrots and a few radishes.
I’d call that a productive day…wouldn’t you?
Over the past few weeks the vegetables brought back to the camp were cleaned and prepared by staffers for snacks. Some vegetables got better reviews than others.
The young gardeners told me of all the carrots — the purple, white, yellow and orange — the orange had the best flavor. They ate the carrots with a chive dip. The chives came from our garden.
In addition, some of the beans were steamed before serving though a fair number were eaten raw straight out of the garden.
The scallions were used in a Mexican dip served with chips. The potatoes were cut up and cooked with onions. The kids also made zucchini muffins.
And the rapini was cut up into a salad and served with ranch dressing. Every last bit was eaten.
The favorite vegetable has to be the sugar snap peas. Everyone enjoys those. Who wouldn’t. They are as sweet as candy when ripened on the vine.
This was a great season. As we were leaving the garden today the young gardeners told me how much they enjoyed learning about the bugs, the plants and what it takes to grow food. Some told me their families have started gardens.
“What’s your favorite thing to do?” I asked.
“Harvesting,” they shouted.
“I liked everything we did. Every week,” one young gardener said. “The lemonades..strawberry, watermelon and basil,” said another.
One young fellow said he loved everything to do with the community garden.
“Even weeding?” I asked.
“Yes, I even like the weeding,” he said, adding “I will see you next year.”
The gardeners initiated a group hug and said “Goodbye.”
That was a great good bye. The garden grew a lot of vegetables, but also a love of growing food together. And that’s a good life-long skill.
Thank you to all the gardeners and to everyone that made this program possible.