Thursday, June 24, 2010

First Fruits (and vegetables)

I'll begin by letting you all know that the baby hasn't come yet - we have a long list of folks to notify, and probably all of you are on it (unless we don't know you personally). You ought to know within a day when it arrives. We remain grateful for all the thoughts and prayers coming our way, and we tell the baby all the time that it is expected, with love, by many.
So that said, we have harvested the very first products of our garden labors. Margo's coveted Schweizer Riesen snow peas and our dear Red Russian kale came of age today! They were both featured in a lentil dish that Margo concocted for dinner.

In the interests of data collection we plan to weigh all of the harvests out of the demonstration garden, which is the 4,000 sq ft area we are starting with. And in the interests of juggling our numbers with greater ease (as almost everyone else in the world does) we will be using the metric system in our garden, for weights at least. Anyone who has frequently had need to do calculations using pounds and ounces will understand, as will anyone who has tried to teach someone from another country how to do calculations using pounds and ounces.

This has long been our plan, and a friend who used to teach middle school science and recently retired scored us a metric triple-beam balance to aid us in our quest.

Today we recorded 60.7 g of kale and 117 g of snow peas (photos pending). I feel like a world citizen already!

6 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your first harvest--that is a major step!!! Keeping you all in my thoughts as the birth-day for your little one draws near.

    Much love,
    Rebekah (and family)

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  2. COME ON, HOLD ON, LITTLE ONE TIL TOMORROW...JUNE 26 IS A GREAT DAY TO BE BORN!! I'D LOVE THAT "BDAY PRESENT"...DON'T WORRY, IF YOU SHOW UP TODAY (OR IF YOU SHOWED UP LATE ON THE 24TH OR IF YOU KEEP WAITING), I WON'T HOLD IT AGAINST YOU!!
    LOVE,
    JENN

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  3. Or, if you made it on the 25th, it would be Happy Birthday to my sister Sarah! However, holding off is great way to get people to read your blog, Dan :-)

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  4. yep, i just compulsively checked your blog from Portland. congrats on the first harvest!

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  5. You're in our thoughts Margo and Dan - as is little baby R-M. If it's today we can both be 27th babies. :)

    Take care, Margo. You are Super Woman!

    What an exciting summer this is.

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  6. Congratulations! Carol just called us with the wonderful news.

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