Hope all is well fellow garden community! As summer begins to wrap up, I look around the garden and I spot a few new vegetables that haven’t appeared in the past. Although our classic tomatoes are producing beautifully, I have to share with you some of the amazing produce that will “hit the market” soon (and by the market I mean our small college stand).
I know that we have some very loyal customers on our hands but what we realized is that a lot of people don’t really know what to do with crops like Swiss Chard, Kohlrabi, or even Leeks. As much as we enjoy growing them and would love to teach everyone about the perks of these supposed “foreign” vegetables, there is never enough time or proper advertisement. So, my fellow interns and I thought that it would be good idea to grow more vegetables that people will cook and eat in their everyday lives while still growing the wonderful vegetables we’ve had since the beginning. I’m here to tell you all about our new additions and its benefits to your health so (hopefully) you all get excited!
Corn. Ah! One of the additions I’m most excited for. Don’t you just love some sweet corn on a hot summer’s day? Goes perfectly with your barbecue choices! Now, corn is high in fiber (about 3 grams per ear) and everyone needs around 25-35 grams per day to live a healthy lifestyle. Corn also contains high levels of antioxidants, which are very important vitamins that you need every day!
Potatoes. I don’t know about you but when I think of potatoes, I think of nice creamy mashed potatoes. Potatoes are the perfect side dish to complete most meals while also adding quality substance to the table. Potatoes are also high in fiber, containing 4.7 grams of fiber, they also contain about 4.5 grams of protein. On top of all of that, potatoes contain vital vitamins that contribute to the prevention of disease. You can’t beat this super vegetable!
Watermelon. A slice of juicy watermelon anyone? Maybe even some delicious watermelon salad for desert after a long hard day. Even though watermelon is about 92% water, it is packed with vitamins like Vitamin A. Watermelon even has significant amounts of amino acids and potassium in each slice you eat. Amino acids help you build a nice, healthy body and if mixed with exercise, you could get a lean body out of the mix as well!
Now, these are only some of our vegetables that are doing exceptionally well and we wanted to share with you guys before they actually make their debut to our stand. There are other new vegetables that will be a surprise for all of our loyal customers and I hope you all are as excited as we are. We’ve been taking very good care of all the vegetables, regulars or new comers, so they could be grown to the best of their ability. Thank you so much for reading and I can’t wait to continue the stand into the upcoming school year. Happy gardening!