As of August 24, Sr. Mary Lou Schramer states, “We have harvested 870 pounds of tomatoes so far, which went to both the Motherhouse and Clare Hall kitchens for fresh use. We have also made tomato juice, and put some in the freezer for juice and sauce for later on. In addition, tomatoes were provided to St. Ann’s Center and the Courts.
As of last week, she noted that the garden workers are also harvesting green beans, more tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, cabbage, beets, potatoes and peppers. To date, the garden has supplied about 170 pounds of beans, 250 pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes and 100 pounds of sweet corn. They have yet to harvest the Kennebec and Pontiac potatoes.
The garden and land use projects have also brought visitors to the property. On August 25, Pastor Lisa and a group from Redeemer Lutheran church came to see what the land use committee is doing in the garden, wetlands and urban forest, and with the bees. Produce from the garden was cooked on the rocket stove and the visitors brought other foods to round out the pot luck.
The following day, students from Strtich arrived to help with cleaning and pruning in the grape arbor, washing and storing pots and planting trays, and moving soil to make it available for starting next year’s plants indoors this winter.