This year, in addition to Ironman training and juggling the life/work balance, I decided that I was ready to add to the complications. So, we built a garden!
I decided that this year we would start relatively small. There are several tomato plants, peas, green beans, zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli and cucumbers. Who knows what will come of it. But, I’ve been checking on it daily with the kids, keeping it well water and what do you know, this week we have some baby veggies growing out there! There are visible zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers and peas. Yesterday’s morning visit was really exciting as Little Boy Blue found all of this stuff himself. I’m hopeful that we will pull a decent little crop out of the back yard. But more than that I’m hopeful that the kids will participate fully and be more connected to where their food comes from and more willing to try some new things. Fingers crossed!
In addition to our garden, we also joined a new CSA this year. So, every week we will be getting a little haul of vegetables from a local farm, Lansing Farm. I’ve done CSA shares before from a different farm and when we didn’t do it last year, I really missed it. There’s nothing like getting a box filled with fresh, local veggies each week. We get lots of favorite foods and we have the opportunity to try some new vegetables that we maybe haven’t ventured to try before. So, I’m hoping to share my weekly haul here and later on each week, I plan to share with you some of the yummy things that we made with it.
Last night was our first pick up of the season, so I’m ready to share!
The first week’s pick up included red lettuce, escarole, mescaline mix, scallions, chives, radishes, bok choy, rhubarb and some very healthy strawberry plants!
I’m very excited to get to work on eating all of this leafy greenness. And I’m super excited about the beautiful strawberry plant that they gave us. It’s even fruiting! So, stay tuned for an update on what we made with this week’s haul and I’ll be sure to fill you in next week with what week two brings as well!