Sunday, July 17, 2011

It's a very veggie weekend

We'd hate to take it easy for a, we decided to pick some broccoli this weekend at our CSA farm Bluebird Gardens. When we arrived we found out that not only could be get broccoli, but also pickling cucumbers. Let me just say that the picking is fun and EASY compared to the time it takes to put this food away to last all winter.

Saturday we spent the day in Fargo at a softball tournament fundraiser. It was a for Elijah's Truth Adoption Agency. It was HOT, but we still had a great time cheering on the NAZ team. I also got a chance to go shopping and we were glad for the air conditioning. :)

Sunday we enjoyed our morning at church and then had the opportunity to see some of our friends and neighbors perform in the community theatre production of Annie. We all loved it. It was fun to see everyone show all their talents! I'm definitely going to be renting the movie to show the kids sometime.

Now on to the pictures.

 All clean and ready to find some broccoli.

 clean boots

 mmm.....broccoli. All the kids were munching on broccoli as they walked down the isle.

 a bucket of broccoli

 Look at all those rows of broccoli and this was about half way down the row!

 tomato plants...I can hardly wait!

 After we picked our 2- 5 gallon buckets full of broccoli we found the cucumber field to get some pickles for making our favorite bread and butter pickles.

 My three big pickers. It's hard to tell you how LONG these rows are and we only picked part of one row. Next year we will bring garden gloves because the cucumbers are very prickly. I also have learned to start picking at the far end of the row so when the buckets are full you don't have to carry them as far. A 5 gallon bucket of cucumbers is heavy!

 muddy boots

 Our CSA also had beautiful flowers that you can go out and cut any time you are visiting. K-sis loved helping to choose which flowers we should take home.

 Our bounty! I'm so thankful that my kids love to garden and work hard.

So, when we get home I had to spend a lot of time preparing all our veggies to be canned or frozen. I decided to freeze all the broccoli and I usually follow the directions from the Pick Your Own website.
 all the florets

 broccoli stems

 some of my helpers

 more helpers

 This is what 10 quart bags of stems and 12 gallon sized bags of florets look like. I think we will be enjoying some cheddar broccoli soup, cheesy broccoli potatoes and many more yummy dishes this winter.

 Shawn playing short stop. I think he had fun and he only had a few minor injuries from making diving catches.

K-girl watching daddy play.

Monday is going to be a pickling day. Feel free to come play and I'll send you home with some jars of pickles.


  1. The broccoli and cucumbers look awesome. Won't that taste wonderful this winter.... A lot of work, but you have great helpers. Wish we had some of that mud that you all are experiencing. Have fun painting K-Girl's room :)

  2. What do you use the stems for? You're so creative, I probably would have ended up throwing our stems in the composter.

    Love that last picture of Karolyn. She's gorgeous!