Gratitude for what grows here

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder

As we approach the end of the harvest, and Thanksgiving I’m drawn to reflect upon the myriad of edible, cultivated treasures in this area. There is such an incredible diversity of foods that grow well in our Michigan foodshed. During a visit to the Leslie Science and Nature Center’s summer camp last year, I had the kids help me list “what grows here.” Check what we came up with…I’m sure there are more items to put on the lists, but wow, what a delicious place to live and eat!

Fruits  blues and reds_small

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Gooseberries
  • Grapes
  • Ground cherries
  • Honeydew melons
  • Musk melons
  • Mulberries
  • Nectarines
  • Paw paws
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Persimmons
  • Plums
  • Quince
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Service berries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon

Vegetables  Julyshare

  • Acorn squash
  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Bok choy
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Butternut squash
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Dried beans
  • Edamame
  • Eggplant
  • Fava beans
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Green beans
  • Greens
  • Herbs
  • Hot peppers
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leaf lettuces
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Patty pan squash
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Radishes
  • Ramps
  • Rapini
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Rutabaga
  • Snap peas
  • Snow peas
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Sunchokes
  • Sweet corn
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Swiss chard
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Wax beans
  • Zucchini

Other stuff  KathyArgusFarmStop compressed

  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Oats
  • Seeds
  • Soybeans
  • Feed corn
  • Hay
  • Wheat
  • Rye
  • Hops
  • Wide variety of animals locally raised: cows, pigs, chickens, goat, turkey, geese, ducks, etc
  • Wide variety of dairy products produced from cow’s milk and goat’s milk

Feel free to email me additions to this list of cultivated and wild edibles!

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