As I scroll through all the blogs people have written and posted recently I have a little giggle with myself. Travel to exotic places. Organization tips. Political ponderings. Christian devotionals. Anxiety and Depression. Some heavy subjects. Some light and fun. And I am about to post on LETTUCE! That’s all I got folks! It’s been wet and cool and I live in small town MN.
Because it’s been so wet and cool the lettuce has exploded. It is also very sandy/muddy. I had to wash it twice. With a spin in between washings with my handy lettuce spinner. As I was doing this I started thinking about how fast paced our lives are. How we are so focused on convenience. How I could be NetFlixing like everyone else. But I am standing at the kitchen sink washing LETTUCE! Not that it is hard work. It just takes time. I started wondering why I do it. It would be much easier to just buy a bag at the store. Quicker to just grab that bag out of the fridge when I need it. I don’t really have a good answer. Other than I love knowing where my food comes from. I also think it tasted better. Not that lettuce is that flavorful but it seems to taste better. (I may just want it to taste better).
I picked extra tonight and some more rhubarb. That stinking plant just keeps on giving. I plan to drop off both at our local food pantry. I am allowed to drop it off outside. Bags are usually gone before I can leave the parking lot. That always makes me happy. I have some plans for next year. I have been reading up on the Food Is Free movement and would love to get something started in our little community. I will definitely have a blog post about these plans as they develop. Whew – something a little more deep to share other than lettuce.
My lettuce after the first spin. I store it in zip lock bags with paper towel. It helps with the moisture. Squeeze all the air out. Last much longer this way. This year I planted 3 kinds. Spinach. Buttercrisp? and another kind (I can’t remember!) I mixed all the seeds in my hands and just shook them out over the planting area. Real scientific right?! But it worked. I got a nice mixture and it is easy to pick.
I am trying to be grateful for fresh lettuce all summer long! By August I will be saying NO MORE SALADS! It’s a shame you can’t save, freeze, dry, can lettuce. I am pondering trying to grow some indoors. But I don’t think we get enough natural sunlight in the winter months. And I know my husband will not like my math (cost vs savings) if I start buying grow lights!