Broccoli and Expectations

June 3, 2010


A big part of this year has been about learning and discovering new things. We’re coming up on the half way point of our adventure and, in the spirit of some mid-year reflection, this week I’m going to share some thoughts about expectations and broccoli.

I have a special place in my heart for our broccoli plants because they were our very first attempts this year. Way back in February, shortly after the snow storm that left us without power, we started a few broccoli plants indoors. It was so cold and the plants were so little it was hard to believe they could have give us broccoli. But eventually we moved them outside and as they grew I realized, as with so many other gardening things this year, that I had no idea what on this huge leafy plant would be the edible part. This week I got my answer – it’s a flower!

At the beginning I expected this year would be different than it has been so far. I thought the gardening would be the hard part and didn’t consider the challenges of sharing a home. I didn’t expect that some of us would have full-time jobs or that we would be five instead of four. I’ve learned that I have a deep loathing of ticks and a surprising love of cooking. One among the (I’m sure) myriad life lessons I’m learning from gardening this year is that I can’t control everything and I have to figure out how to be ok with that. I’m not sure that this will help me determine what I’m going to do with my life or anything like that, but it does make me appreciate the way our broccoli plants have surprised me.

For the next few weeks our loss is Minnesota’s gain – we’re losing two Thomas Farmers to the Twin Cities so that Kristin and Lucy can visit family and friends and clean out their condo (Lucy will no doubt be doing a lot of the heavy lifting) We’ll be missing you guys!


Whitney, I going to guess that the broccoli will not be the only garden item that will surprise you!

Bonnie — June 3, 2010

Aww, I miss you guys too.

Kristin — June 5, 2010

Just so you know, broccoli leaves are also quite edible. Treat them like cabbage and stirfry, or blanch, or boil as in a soup.

AJ — June 19, 2010