gardens of eagan

The art of the quick pickle

quick pickle

Whenever I make up a batch of quick pickles, I think about my grandmother, who had such a lush, amazing garden, and the food preservation skills to match. She had little in the way of finances, so she was always very frugal about using whatever was on hand so we could enjoy the tastes of her garden throughout the long, cold Minnesota winter months. I remember zucchini, squash, tomato salsas, even fruit pickling. If she grew it, she canned it.

 

When I grew up and became a chef, I never forgot the way my grandmother would make sure to use produce wisely so that there wasn't any waste, and of course, I never forgot her quick pickles. 

 

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Farm Journal: A Snowy Goodbye to the Fields and the Seasons

This is the final post in a summer-long series from a young farmer working as a harvest crew leader at Gardens of Eagan.

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Farm Journal: Reflections on Labor in Organic Farming

I turned down seven farming positions at the beginning of the 2013 season. All across the United States I’d submitted applications and received offers from California, New York, Vermont, and Minnesota. In January, I declined an offer to attend an elite apprenticeship program in California. Though this experiential learning position had been my dream since I could say the words, “I want to be a farmer,” I couldn’t afford the tuition of three thousand dollars, plus housing, airfare, books, tools, and shared food expenses.

 

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Farm Journal: Enduring the Heat

This is the sixth post in a summer-long series from a young farmer working as a harvest crew leader at Gardens of Eagan.

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Farm Journal: Don't Treat Your Soil Like Dirt

This is the fifth post in a summer-long series from a young farmer working as a harvest crew leader at Gardens of Eagan. Check out previous posts, Laying New RootsWhen Farmers Stay DryBuilding Farm Community, and Bringing in the Harvest.

 

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Farm Journal: Bringing in the Harvest

This is the fourth post in a summer-long series from a young farmer working as a harvest crew leader at Gardens of Eagan. Check out previous posts, Laying New RootsWhen Farmers Stay Dry, and Building Farm Community.

 

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Farm Journal: Building Farm Community

This is the third post in a summer-long series from a young farmer working as a harvest crew leader at Gardens of Eagan. Check out previous posts, Laying New Roots and When Farmers Stay Dry.

 

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Farm Journal: When Farmers Stay Dry

This is the second post in a summer-long series from a young farmer working as a harvest crew leader at Gardens of Eagan. Also check out the intro post, Laying New Roots.

 

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Farm Journal: Laying New Roots

This is the first post in a summer-long series from a young farmer working as a harvest crew leader at Gardens of Eagan.

 

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SGT July Book Club: Turn Here Sweet Corn

Its July and yes, we all know its been hot. Minnesotans are notoriously aware of the current state of things, especially when they are not in the realm of perfect, sunny and 70. It is appropriate then, that for July, our book clubs have been reading a book by local author Atina Diffley, who is well connected to the weather extremes that effect our lives and our food. However, she might have a bit of a different perspective:

 

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