Archive for June 14th, 2011

June 14, 2011

Children’s garden harvest and edible weed #1

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that teaching my son about plants, gardening, cooking and the environment is very important to me.

In addition to helping out in the garden at home, he also has a 4′ x 16′ garden that he shares with a buddy at the MN Landscape Arboretum as part of the Seed Sowers (children’s garden) summer program.  The group has had two weekend planting days prior to today, one in late May and one in early June.  Today was the first day of the weekly program where they tend to their garden by watering, weeding, harvesting and cooking.

Since Grandma brought him to and from the Arboretum today, I was anxious to hear how it went and what he did.  He came busting in the door, so proud to tell me all about his day.  He had been very busy watering, weeding, making his own hummus with “beans, garlic, lemon juice and goosefoot”.  Plus he brought a bag home with a head of lettuce and a radish!

His garden harvest made a nice addition to the Quinoa Risotto with carrots and sugar snap peas we had for dinner and was he ever proud to put the salad on the table!

As he was telling me about his day, I decided to ask a little more about goosefoot.  “Goosefoot?” I asked.  “Yep, goosefoot, mom.  It’s a weed we can eat.” he explained.  (Since Seed Sowers planting day #2, he’s been on the search for goosefoot in our garden as well).  “We put it on top of our hummus.”

Not knowing a lot about goosefoot, I did a little internet research tonight so I know what to look for in our garden.  While researching, I found that goosefoot is indeed edible and very nutritious, another interesting tidbit… goosefoot and quinoa (that we coincidentally had for dinner) come from the same plant.  So, now I know, and if you didn’t before, now you know too!

Happy harvest from a proud mom!