Monthly Archives: June 2012
We started harvesting from the greenhouse a few weeks ago and selling produce last week. Here are a few descriptions of the mouth watering veggies now available for sale.
Baby Oakleaf – I’m a mid-western girl with a fondness for oak trees. I don’t get to feast my eyes on them very often. So — this year when we planted Baby Oakleaf in our garden beds I felt like we brought a little of the mid-west to our mountain home. I smile every time I head out to the garden and see small oak tree like leaves bursting through the soil. I’ve also enjoyed feasting on the delicate leaves. Baby Oakleaf Lettuce is a dwarf, compact version of Green Oakleaf. It’s tasty and tender medium green leaves are oakleaf-shaped with rounded lobes. (Grown from certified USDA Organic seed)
Seed Savers Lettuce Mixture – My mother taught me that meals should never be monochromatic but bursting with color. Using Seed Savers Lettuce Mix helps me follow this helpful little rule. This flavorful and color rich mix contains: Australian Yellowleaf, Forellenschuss, Pablo, Red Velvet and at least four other yummy loose leaf varieties. Remember mother knows best!
Winter Density – Originally bred in England this loose head lettuce is bloody good. The large dark green curled leaves are sweet, crisp, succulent and good enough for a king (or queen). Cheerio! (Grown from certified USDA Organic seed)
Yugoslavian Red Butterhead – I love a good story almost as much as I love good food (or is it the other way around?). The story behind this succulent heirloom lettuce variety is that it was preserved by a peasant family in Marburg, Yugoslavia. It’s beautiful pomegranate red-tinged leaves form loose heads around a green apple interior and an almost white center. Pair this mild buttery lettuce with apples or strawberries.
Red Romaine – Every now and again our family gorges on a large cheesy glutenous pizza. Last night was one such night. However, I managed only to eat one small piece because the salad we made from our home-grown Red Romaine was so delightfully good – I ate the whole bowl. (Grown from certified USDA Organic seed)
Five Color Silverbeet: Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat VERSUS our Australian heirloom Rainbow Chard. I’m not sure which would win the prize for outrageously flamboyant color. You decide. While you’re making up your mind remember chard is an excellent source of vitamins C, K, and A; B-carotene, foliates, niacin, vitamin B-6, thiamin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus. Whew! Its an amazingly tough choice between the dreamcoat and chard – but you can do it! (Grown from certified USDA Organic seed)