fresh garden produce

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Zucchini boats with sprouted tri color quinoa and corn

Those of you who have been following Safari of the Mind this past summer will know that I’ve been inundated with fresh vegetables from the garden where I volunteer at.  We have about 6 raised beds with an assortment of vegetables.  There’s nothing quite so satisfying than picking your own fresh produce that you’ve toiled so hard at.

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Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Salad

The garden is producing an abundant supply of tomatoes, eggplants and a variety of peppers.  It has been pretty rewarding and I’d say our first attempt at these raised vegetable beds have proved successful.  The okra and corn should be ready in a couple of weeks.  I think we’ve had our fill of baby bok choy, and swiss chard.  The squash, beans, and cucumbers have been semi-devoured by the deer, but I do believe we will be getting some leftovers soon :).  I’ve had a fun time trying out various manual settings with my camera, aren’t the colors so vibrant?  (more…)

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Veggie stir-fry with fresh garden baby bok choy

I’m in my happy place these days with all the fresh produce from the garden where I volunteer.  If you haven’t seen the beds in question, head on over to my latest blog post or read all about it here.  Just look at these baby bok choy leaves, they are just wonderfully succulent, crisp, beautifully grown and everyone knows that dark, leafy green vegetables are nutritional powerhouses filled with vitamins and minerals.  At the time of planting these seeds, I wasn’t too sure what we were to expect, but after this year’s trials and errors in the garden, this will definitely be repeated next year.  The great part about some of these vegetables that we’ve already harvested, (swiss chard and baby bok choy), you just cut the outer leaves, and the new growth emerges from the center.  How absolutely wonderful!

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