July 9th was an exciting day out in the garden. In addition to our regular volunteers, we hosted a service group of exchange students studying at Georgetown. Our Growing Food Growing Together families were joined by families from the Unity Health Care Clinic to explore the garden’s wonders and learn more about healthy eating. Between volunteers and families we had over a hundred sets of hands, large and small, busily working and learning in the garden: some weeding and mulching, others harvesting and exploring.
You can never get all the dirt out of a leek… but our Growing Food Growing Together kids certainly tried! We harvested leeks and onions and did out best to get them ready for the kitchen. Then Howard, a visiting chef from DC Central Kitchen, demonstrated how to use vegetables straight from the garden to create a delicious potato salad and green bean saute. He explained that you don’t always have to cook vegetables, like green beans, for a long time. You just get them in the hot pan long enough to “wake them up.”
There was certainly enough activity to wake up everybody that morning and get them excited about the bounty of fresh garden delights.