Busy Season in the Gardens

Carrots freshly harvested from our Market Garden in St. Joe.

The summer may be coming to an end, but the busy harvest season is just beginning. All four of our gardens are looking lush, filling up with new fruits and vegetables. Carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers galore, beets and broccoli, they’re all in full bloom. And they’re all available at Sartell Market Monday at the CMSP stand from 3:00 through 6:30. With the abundant garden crops and the success of our last preservation and canning event, the community has demanded we host another preservation event focused around what to do with all the tomatoes. Happy to provide the service, we’re teaming up to plan a date and time for this to happen in late September. We want you to be able to have fresh, chemical-free veggies year round.

A few good food films and books to cozy up to

While I am itchy to begin planning my garden and start my spring seedlings indoors, I am also taking every opportunity to relax and cozy up to hearty films and books. And since I can’t get my daily dose of time in the garden this time of year, I’m loading up on the other good stuff that I’m too busy to pause for in the summer.

Here are a few of my food film and book favorites.

  • Food, Inc.: It will change your life. “You’ll never look at food the same again.”
  • Fresh: A documentary by Sofia Joanes featuring Michael Pollan, among others.
  • King Corn: Two friends move to the corn belt to plant an acre of the nation’s most grown grain, and then follow it into the food supply.
  • Eating Animals: Jonathon Safron Foer puts an interesting spin on the ethics of eating animals.
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: Barbara Kingsolver and her family spend a year consuming only that which is produced locally.
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma: Michael Pollan reflects on the moral ramifications of our culture and eating habits.

What food related literature and/or films do you recommend?