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We Got the Beets

by verdemama on April 28, 2010


There are so many great things about having a garden: always having the freshest of fresh produce right outside your back door; connecting with nature; and most importantly, for me, anyway, being able to teach my son about the true source of what he eats.

I want Orion to understand that food doesn’t just magically appear on grocery store shelves; it comes from the earth. The best food doesn’t come in a plastic bag or cellophane package. It comes wrapped in a dusting of soil, and maybe a tangle of roots.

Orion helped me harvest these beauties from our lil’ urban garden last night. He’s already a master at digging in the dirt and yanking on plants, so, as you could imagine, he was a total natural at pulling beets.

Tending to a garden is a lot like raising children. There’s lots of hard work, but you’re rewarded for your effort. You plant your seeds and watch them grow.

PS: What was the fate of the beets, you wonder? They were cubed and roasted for an hour, then cooled and drizzled with one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, one tablespoon of olive oil, salt, pepper, then tossed with fresh basil and baby lettuces from the garden, soft goat cheese and walnuts. Okay, I forgot the walnuts, but I meant to use them and definitely will next time. You’ll have to take my word that the beet salad was both gorgeous and delicious. Sorry I don’t have an image of it to share with you. Sometimes you have to put the camera down and just eat the food.

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