The fruit of their labor…


radishes 9 May 2011 (14) The Monday morning after the first raised garden bed had been made was the day to plant.  Four weeks ago to the day.  Joyce carefully chose the fastest producing seeds we had for the kids to plant, not wanting to discourage them if the crop took too long to blossom.  She chose radishes.  Radi is what they are called in Creole.   Most of the kids didn’t know what they were even with the picture on the seed packet.  But over the last couple of weeks they have asked their nannies and the cooks about radi wanting to know all there is to know about them.   They are not used all that often in any kind of cooking they know, North America or Haitian, but they did come of with two things they thought they could use them for.  radishes 9 May 2011 (5)Picklies… of  course, that crunchy spicy relish that goes with EVERYTHING especially deep fried Creole food, and they are also used in your basic lettuce salad served often in roadside restaurants with red beans and rice.  Today, however, we didn’t make anything with them, we just enjoyed them. 

radishes 9 May 2011 (20)The oldest class harvested the 25 or so that were ready to be pulled.  Ever so gently lifting them out of the ground so as not to disturb the ones that were not yet matured.  Each was a surprise.

“That one is pink! That one is red.  That one is long.  That one is round.  That is the biggest.  Oh, that one is too small.  There is a purple one.  Will they all taste the same?” 

radishes 9 May 2011 (19)We cut the greens off and cleaned the colored root vegetable.   Then sliced them in half and salted them.  The kids tried them first. 

“HOTTT!!!”  Was the general discovery. 

“Crunchy", too,” Rilinxe stated.  

“It tastes like an onion,” Eunise pointed out. 

They were proud. They were pleased.  And they couldn’t wait to share something of their very own with their nannies.  radishes 9 May 2011 (13)They rushed around searching each lady out where she was to offer their patiently nurtured, home grown, fruits of their of their labor.  All accepted their treat, noting the pride in their young faces and encouraging them in their good work. 

The beans have blossomed… it won’t be long now. 

10 comments (Add your own)

1. Joanne Cottrill wrote:
Thanks so much for this blog. I was just wondering the other day how the garden grew and was going to send an email and ask. We sell vegies from our garden in the summer and I know how the kids feel, seeing the first produce is very exciting. Great work, kids!

Mon, May 9, 2011 @ 4:01 PM

2. Beth Colquitt wrote:
This should really be made into a small picture/story book!! Children and adults would love it! I love it!

Mon, May 9, 2011 @ 4:59 PM

3. Brigitte wrote:
in France we eat them with salt and butter on bread... love Brigitte

Mon, May 9, 2011 @ 5:04 PM

4. Jane Blannin-Bruleigh wrote:
So happy hear that the first crop of the garden is a success!!! Be sure to post pics of the next crop!!!! I remember seeing the sad leftovers of the former garden. this is awesome! blessings

Mon, May 9, 2011 @ 5:15 PM

5. sally boyd wrote:
The radishes look delicious and I don't even like radishes!! Good job kids and Joyce.

Mon, May 9, 2011 @ 5:49 PM

6. Michelle Johnson wrote:
How exciting! And beautiful! Another example of the goodness of God.

Mon, May 9, 2011 @ 6:50 PM

7. Jill wrote:
LOVE THIS. Good fun.

Mon, May 9, 2011 @ 9:29 PM

8. Rori Hartzell wrote:
Fantastic looking garden !!! What a great skill and great fun had by all it appears. Thank you so much for sharing ! Looks like all the kids did some very nice work.

Tue, May 10, 2011 @ 2:39 AM

9. anne souville wrote:
Bravo for these nice radis!! i'm Anne, mother of Manuella , actually 3 years (and "half she 'll add) she wasn't in toddler House, because she left GLA at 13 monthes to joinme in France, but she's really fond of radis:she just eat them with salt butter i wanted to tell you such a happines to read the way you're doing with the kids, it's a great chance for us, paretns, waiting for our kid to know their share their time with you and your team so go on with the garden and the joy of becoming little workers of our earth : "petits pois" are easy and fast to grow tooo, and you cona eat them wtihout cooking, to taste it taste sugar (in Hymalaoya in north india at the time of crops people often take thme from the fields and eat them just as sweets, as you come across them they offer you some!) anne (and manuella)

Wed, May 11, 2011 @ 5:10 AM

10. Shelby Harper wrote:
Great job, ladies, boys and girls. So many lessons to be learned! Fun times in the garden.

Mon, May 9, 2011 @ 4:57 PM

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