The community garden is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors, get to know your neighbors, and have a little fun this summer. Community gardens are also a great way for little ones to see the growing cycle of a vegetable and learn where their food comes from.
The garden will start out with tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. There are four large box beds to house the vegetables. Here are some friendly tips on how to harvest the produce and a few ideas for how it can be used. We suggest sharing your produce with friends and neighbors. Looking for the perfect spot? Snag one of the grill areas for a summer potluck.
- Harvesting Tips: Ripe tomatoes will be red in color and not too firm. A ripe tomato can be gently plucked straight from the stem with ease. Be sure to wash your tomatoes before eating to remove dirt and any chemicals.
- What to UseThem For: Tomatoes are perfect for slicing and adding to burgers and sandwiches. Add some diced tomatoes to a green salad or pasta salad. Make some Caprese appetizers or even a Margherita pizza.
- Harvesting Tips: Cucumbers can be harvested at any point during their growth. The longer you leave a cucumber the larger it will get, but you can pluck the little ones for snacking.
- What to Use Them For: Crispy, cool and refreshing, cucumbers are the perfect summer vegetable. Slice them up for snacking, add them to a green or pasta salad, or try your hand at making pickles!
- Harvesting Tips: Bell peppers are ready to be picked when they have reached about 3.5 – 4 inches in size. They can be gently plucked straight from the plant.
- What to Use Them For: Bell peppers are ultra-versatile and can be found in many different types of cuisine. They are great for snacking, adding to salads, or sauteing for stir fry! Add some bell pepper chunks to a skewer for a tasty grilled summer shishkabob.