|Everyone took home a head of lettuce!|
|Harvesting Tango lettuce.|
|Harvesting Ruge De'Hiver lettuce|
|They really enjoyed picking the lettuce!|
After spending time picking we brought everything back in, washed it and got to work!
We added pineapple, banana, water and dates to the kale and blended it in the NutriBullet blender.
The bright green drink looked as good as it tasted!
Mrs. Dyjak taught the children how to make their own salad dressing using oils, vinegars, lemon juice, garlic, herbs and spices.
The library where we were holding the "cooking session" smelled wonderfully of garlic, basil, balsamic, and oregano. One child commented that the salad they made "tastes better than Olive Garden!" Many of the children realized that making your own dressing was really very easy and asked their parents if they could try it at home. That right there makes this project worth the time and effort we put into it. When children realize that they not only like growing their own veggies but that it tastes better than what they have gotten in other places, my job is done. We will be hosting a summer session of the garden club as well where we will delve deeper into soil composition, beneficial insects, and how weather effects garden yields. Stay tuned for updates for that, but in the meantime, here are some glimpses of the garden that is just starting to flourish.
|peas really starting to climb|
|Angie's boom chick pop popcorn (desperately needs to be weeded)|