Yep, lots of food that you already eat are really flowers. Artichoke and Brussel Sprouts are immature buds, as are Broccoli and Cauliflower. And some full on flowers are edible, like the Pansies, nasturtiums, Calendula, and Bachelor Buttons that make up my Petal Power. As well as others. And they go a long way to spice up that green salad or make that cake extra special.
They are always featured in the dishes whipped up by Mandy and her Gracious Table crew for the Farm to Table dinners (*wink wink* there is one this weekend!) if you need some flower power inspiration!
And, of course, you can find all the bouquets of mostly non-edible flowers, bunches and bags of crisp greens, and a few new tasty items available this week at the farmers markets (plus some items will be available starting this Friday at a local store near you! More details next week! 🎉 or follow the farm on Facebook and Insta for up to the 'minute' updates!)
If this isn't a bucketful of joy, then I don't know what is! The Ranunculus were saved from the heat with some thick shade cloth which does mean smaller blooms but with longer stems as they reach for the little bit of sun that makes it through. But it doesn't make their colors any less glorious! Look for them in the mixed bouquets and as straight bunches. (pst - did you know they have a reallllly long vase life?!)
And you may wonder what some of that lovely 'green' foliage is in the mixed bouquets that help the pretty blooms shine? Weeds! or just plants that I didn't plant on purpose but have a beauty and purpose all their own. Some are ones that I did plant, like the bolting Mustard above, and others just exist whether I like it or not. But I like to try to see the beauty in the things that are forgotten, overlooked, or just ignored and 'weeds' definitely fit that bill and maybe my bouquets can help you to see some beauty in things thought not beautiful!
The Microgreens finally had room to go outside so they can lap up that bright sunshine, but it does mean a shift in management of their care for me as the wind, sun, and heat work to dry them out quicker so now my little brain is working hard to devise a simple watering system. Stay tuned for future updates!
Another edible native that I've been patiently weeding and watering is the Miner's Lettuce! It will be at market this week. I grew up nibbling on this tasty, succulent green on the top of our backyard retaining wall where I would climb up and dangle my feet over while enjoying a refreshing snack. No climbing required for you to enjoy it!
Flowers as food you say? You betcha!!
The Petal Power Edible Flowers features a pantheon of Pansies with some early nasturtiums, with flecks of Calendula and Bachelor Buttons.
All edible with the nasturtiums bringing the watercress-like kick!
What's available this week?
I'm Farmer Megan with a life full of cackles, clucks, quacks, weeds, crazy kitten, and one tiny, senior, blind dog.