Munch, munch, munch there’s my lunch!

Munch, munch, munch there’s my lunch!

“Munch, munch, munch, there’s my lunch!” our family often says while nibbling in the garden. My children enjoy going out to the garden, navigating between the beds (which can be harder than you think when plants are full-grown), picking a little of this and that to munch on. This saying originated a few years ago when I announced to my husband, “The kids will ruin their appetite for supper.” When I realized the weight of what I just said to my husband, I smiled to realize my “problem”.  My children were going to “ruin their supper” with carrots, kale, peppers, and tomatoes! 

Our garden provides nutritious, fresh food, not to mention ready-to-eat food all year long! Here’s a sampling of one day’s garden yummies. Enjoy and leave a story about your garden / local produce.

Gathering fresh produce comes long after countless hours of planting, weeding, and tending the garden. I prefer to head out to the garden early to avoid the hot sun and get an early start on the process. I know it’ll take several hours before I have everything washed, chopped, frozen, and canned without lunch breaks and stops for diaper changes, potty breaks, and stories.

Gathering fresh produce comes long after countless hours of planting, weeding, and tending the garden. I prefer to head out to the garden early to avoid the hot sun and get an early start on the process. I know it’ll take several hours before I have everything washed, chopped, frozen, and canned without lunch breaks and stops for diaper changes, potty breaks, and stories.

The sink is overwhelmed with greens, and is too much for us to eat. So we save some for eating fresh and then steam some prior to canning. Steaming the greens wilts them to better pack them into jars.

The sink is overwhelmed with greens, and is too much for us to eat. So we save some for eating fresh and then steam some prior to canning. Steaming the greens wilts them to better pack them into jars.

Here’s the morning’s fresh pickings, ready for cooking, canning, and freezing!

Here’s the morning’s fresh pickings, ready for cooking, canning, and freezing!

We love our gas stove, but this picking is too much to do all at once. So we’ll save the beets for another day.

We love our gas stove, but this picking is too much to do all at once. So we’ll save the beets for another day.