Sunday, June 01, 2008

Seton Harvest Saturday

These are Sweet Williams that I cut at Seton Harvest on Saturday. We bought a share of Seton Harvest this year in effort to eat from a local farm, to learn new ways to prepare and cook vegetables, and to invest in our community more.

The first time I went out there, I felt both proud and ashamed of my naivetee about all things Food. There are still foods that I don't know anything if they grow in the dirt or on a vine or what they taste like raw, blanched, boiled or baked. Some I don't even know how to pronounce them. I am so excited to actually work on closing the gap between what I eat and what I know about what I eat.

So this week I learned that broccoli is actually the flower of the broccoli plant and I even saw one growing in the middle of gorgeous leaves. It looked like something Dr. Suess would draw.

I cut some flowers in their flower garden and learned that if the stem has a square shape (cross-section) then it belongs in the mint family. And oregano has a square stem, is in the mint family, and is delicious in salads and on turkey sandwiches.

My favorite flowers were these small purple balls on long stems...that ended up being the flower of an onion. Hello. Who knew?

All of you who log on to see more of Henry and Svea may be subjected to a little food tidbit here and there until the growing season ends...sometime in November.


Babs said...

You're gonna turn into a country girl yet, I just know it. BJSJ

Anonymous said...

Way to make like Barbara Kingsolver and actually know what you're eating! (I'm about halfway through Animal, Vegetable, Miracle right now - have you read it?)

hope you're well :-)

Kristen Wo.

Leta said...


ella ellis said...

i love sweet william! i also love mint.