Growing in the Twin Cities with Backyard Harvest

Building a sustainable (and delicious) urban food system – one yard at a time

Unusual Quantities July 6, 2009

Filed under: Lisa's Blog: Backyard Harvest Garden-owner — Lisa @ 9:29 pm


[[photo by: WontonBrutality]]


We’ve continued to get amazing harvests twice a week from Stefan’s work – bags of salad greens, kale, chard, and little nuggets of radishes and peas hiding in the bottom. I think I’ve mentioned it before, but we’re sharing our haul with another couple. So, all told, the garden thus far has been feeding four adults and a six-month-old for a couple of solid meals a week since our harvests started.

Last year, the husband and I bought in on a CSA. We wanted to do it for a number of different experimental reasons – forcing us to try and work with things we wouldn’t normally buy, learning more about what grows here when, and just generally remembering how amazingly different in-season produce tastes versus some mid-winter greenhouse stuff can have a such a strange non-taste. The biggest thing we learned, though, wasn’t something we anticipated. That, specifically, was what what to do with the unusual quantities of different kinds of stuff we’d get every week.

The Backyard Harvest garden has had the same kinds of rhythm. We’re getting loads of salad greens that are crunchy, peppery, and delicious without a lot of frou frou added. The kale and chard are easy to quickly sauté and get vast amounts down into a reasonable dinner size. But some of the more delicate offerings have been more like tiny treats rather than main components of a meal.

The peas at the top of this post totally fell into this category – they were sweet, poppy, and juicy. But there were only a few handfuls each harvest for a week before the heat wave killed off the blossoms -and no more peas for us. We’re getting another planting for later in the season. Even without that promise of another haul, these were amazing rinsed off, popped out of the shells, and eaten over the kitchen sink. Seriously, they tasted like summer.

Some people who do a project like this for the first time might be weirded out by huge and tiny harvests of different things, but it’s been delicious training for us. We use what we have and we enjoy even the little snack-y servings. And with these peas? It’s like eating ice cream. Thanks Stefan!


– Lisa in Kingfield



Monday Harvest - July 06, 2009

[[photo by: WontonBrutality]]


The full photo collection for this project is over on Flickr.


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