Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Garden to Garden

Our team delivered cucumbers, melons, peppers and tomatoes to Lewis House yesterday.
Then brought more to ERC food shelf this morning and stopped by to visit their thriving community garden!
And they're growing okra, one of our favorites!
For more information about ERC's Garden to Table project, visit here.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Not Quite a Peck But Lots of Pretty Peppers

I had to look up what a peck was and our harvest today could be close since there are four pecks in a bushel.
So maybe not a peck but certainly a colorful pepper harvest.
We also dug up our first sweet potatoes and more eggplant, broccoli, squash, okra, cucumbers, and tomatoes with a lot more out there ready to be picked.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Another Big Harvest

Cucumbers, beans, eggplant, Swiss chard, collard greens, tomatoes, corn, cabbage, kohlrabi, cantaloupe, peppers, okra, and squash!

The following photos are just part of the harvest picked for delivery yesterday by dedicated Giving Garden volunteers. Chard and greens were added along with more eggplant, beans, and squash.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Black-eyed Peas in MN

This spring Susan's southern roots compelled her to add a row of black-eyed peas to the "experimental" area of the garden.  And now we have black-eyed peas!
Looks like we'll have a black-eyed pea harvest and delivery to the food shelf this year.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Red Tomatoes Red Chard Read Recipe

The chard has been glorious since spring and continues strong through the warm weather. Our tomato crop has been bumper, too, and the onions haven't been half bad either. So in honor of all (and because we like garbanzo beans in anything), a recipe we found on allrecipe.com:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 shallot, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup garbanzo beans, drained
salt and pepper to taste
1 bunch red Swiss chard, rinsed and chopped
1 tomato, sliced
1/2 lemon, juiced

1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Stir in shallot and green onions; cook and stir for 3 to 5 minutes, or until soft and fragrant. Stir in garbanzo beans, and season with salt and pepper; heat through. Place chard in pan, and cook until wilted. Add tomato slices, squeeze lemon juice over greens, and heat through. Plate, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


One of the great unexpected pleasures of the Giving Garden is the chance for teams to work together toward a common goal. Our Major Accounts Membership group does just that.

A quote from one team member: I joined the Community Giving Garden because it gives me a chance to incorporate something that I am passionate about in my personal life, into my daily work routine. I can share my passion with my co-workers and give back to the community at the same time.

It has been a great experience sharing my knowledge with my co-workers that are interested in learning about gardening. It’s wonderful knowing that we work for a company that gives us the opportunity to think outside the box in our daily routine and put other people’s need in front of our own. To be allowed 15 minutes to go and work in the garden and think about the people that you are helping is very refreshing.

Thank you, Team!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Flashback to Spring

I'm always amazed at how in a few short months the garden can go from


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Lots of Beans!

For our second deliver to the food shelf and Lewis House this week, 3 groups of volunteers (including the kids from the Child Development Center) picked beans and each reported back that there were still lots ready to harvest.

So many beans delivered that Susan included the following recipes with the delivery.

Green beans cooked in the skillet with bell peppers and onion, along with garlic and seasonings.
Cook Time: 10 minutes
16 ounces green beans, cooked
1 red bell pepper, sliced in strips
1 yellow or orange bell pepper, sliced in strips
1 small onion, halved and sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add cooked green beans, peppers, onion, and garlic. Cook slowly, stirring, until peppers are crisp tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serves 6 to 8.

Tasty Spanish style seasoned green bean recipe.
Cook Time: 15 minutes
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 small bay leaf
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
4 cups cooked green beans
In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine tomatoes, onion, green pepper, salt, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, chili powder, pepper, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer; simmer for 15 minutes. Remove bay leaf.
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter; stir in flour until smooth and bubbly. Gradually stir in tomato mixture. Add cooked green beans. Heat through.
Green bean recipe serves 4 to 6.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Fruits of our labor, Fruits of the City

100 pounds of vegetables split between the Food Shelf and Lewis House deliveries yesterday. Granted, those are some heavy cucumbers, but Green beans! Okra! Chard!

And as we get into the harvest season when everybody has overflowing gardens and trees full of fruit - Joan posted this a year ago (Sharing the Harvest), but it bears repeating:

Too many beans, tomatoes, or zucchini? Donate to a local shelter or food shelf. Apples, plums, or cherries just falling to the ground and rotting in your yard? Join the Fruits of the City - Fruit Gleaning project. The best part about the Fruit Gleaning project is that they coordinate volunteers to harvest the fruit and get the fruit to those in need. So do you have a tree that needs picking? Sign up a tree Would you like to volunteer as a gleaner? Sign yourself up

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Okra is Ready

Our first harvest of okra was included in the second delivery of the week.  Susan's mom would be proud of us, our okra didn't get too big although a few were probably a little bigger than what she recommended.