A New Found Passion


Gardening has been a tradition at our house for as long as I can remember. My parents have tended a family garden every summer, and each year we have an abundance of fresh produce. As a kid it seemed like no big deal, but now I am realizing how fortunateย I am to be surrounded by homegrown veggies. Of course my dad does all the hard work, and I take credit by taking pictures and cooking amazing meals. ๐Ÿ™‚

There is so much beauty in growing your own food. Taking care of a plant or watching something grow from a seedling is more rewarding than I have ever imagined. It takes hard work, patience and dedication. Watering, weeding, harvesting – and chasing away bunnies takes a lot of energy.

I love being able to wake up every morning andย pick out veggies for my breakfast, or get home from work and pick out my dinner for the evening. It’s an amazing feeling to have so much variety at my fingertips.

This year, I started paying attention to all the labor that goes into having a garden. I became passionate about growing my own vegetables and using them different recipes. I definitely want to carry on the tradition and have a garden of my own one day to share with those I love. My boyfriend and I even planted a couple of potted vegetables to experiment with.

This summer my family planted a plethora of vegetables, as usual. We have more cucumbers than we know what to do with and our tomatoes have just started ripening. I am amazed at how much everything has grown in just a few short months.

Beautiful heirloom and cherry tomatoes. According to my dad, we had 34 tomato plants this year!

3 types of kale: Russian, curly and lacianto (or dinosaur) kale

Zucchini, squash, eggplant

So many herbs! I consider myself to be the herb queen because I always find an excuse to use them in recipes. Mint, sage, rosemary, thyme, sweet basil, Thai basil and chives.

More beauties

My boyfriend and I planted basil, rosemary, cherry tomatoes and jalapenos.

Me andย my baby

I love sharing my passion with him and I love watching him get excited about plants. We ran into some trouble with the bunnies and squirrels (it turns out we weren’t the only ones who were waiting for our veggies to grow) but we still have so much amazing produce! Pesto and salsa are definitely on the menu this summer. It’s a learning experience for the both of us and I can’t wait to do it again next summer.

Farmers Market Findsย 

Yep, you guessed it! I spent another morning at the Minneapolis farmers market and found some amazing goodies!

  1. Kohlrabi
  2. Beets
  3. Strawberries
  4. Radishes
  5. Garlic Scapes

The usual freshly squeezed ๐Ÿ™‚

This is my favorite way to enjoy beets! I roasted them with salt, pepper and olive oil.

Health Benefits of Beets:

  • Folic acid
  • magnesium
  • iron
  • detoxifies liver & gull bladder
  • prevents heart disease
  • immunity booster

Got these for $2!ย Garlic scapes are the flower bud of aย garlic plant. They taste exactly like garlic and can be used in place of itย in any recipe.

Health Benefits of Garlic Scapes:

  • boosts immunity
  • anti-bacterial
  • increases absorption of iron
  • antioxidants
  • fights cold and flu
  • lowers cholesterol
  • lowers blood sugar
  • aids in digestion
  • breaks down blood clots
  • reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes

 

Minneapolis Farmers Marketย 

I am definitely not a morning person, but in the summer you will always find me frolicking around my local farmers market. Nothing makes me happier than fresh, seasonal produce. I love spending my mornings drinking freshly squeezed orange juice, admiring the most beautiful flowers and discovering new veggies to add to my dinner menu.

Going to a farmers market is a great way to connect with local farmers and find amazing deals on the abundant fruits and vegetables. There are always homegrown goodies and unique finds in every row.