Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Thursday's Market, and a New Craft at the Land School!

Our Last August Harvest
The onions are being harvested and laid out in the
greenhouse to cure. They are a crop that we can
store and use all throughout the winter. 

Cut Flowers
Green Beans (Purple Beans, actually)
Herbs: Basil, Dill, Cilantro, Parsley,
           Mint, Rosemary
Lettuce Mix
Napa Cabbage
Green Onions
Pak Choi
Hot Peppers
Bell Peppers
Sweet Corn?
Swiss Chard
Zucchini and Summer Squash

Broom Corn!

This past February, Donna took a class on broom-making at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Seeing this as an exciting new opportunity for nature-based craft at the Land School, we now have "broom corn" growing in the garden! You'll have to wait for photos of the finished brooms, but here are some captioned photos to pique your interest.

This photo shows the corn at it's full height - often 12 feet or more. The seeds are on the
top where corn usually only tassels. It's the seed stalks that become the bristles for broom making.
Erin, our Land School facilities intern, is cutting the stalk part way through
so that it can be bent down. This is important to promote straight bristles.
The beautiful yellow future bristles are visible here - now vertical, they
can become part of an excellent broom after drying and being harvested.

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