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From the Garden this Week…

From the Garden this Week…

Parsnips, Kale, Broccoli or Cauliflower or Cabbage or Swiss Chard, Spring Garlic, Bok Choy, Rosemary, Cilantro, Radishes, Lettuce Heads, Lemon Balm and Oranges


Coming Soon… Beets, Snap Peas and Fava Beans

Using your Produce… by Julie Moreno

Parsnips are a root vegetable related to carrots and celery.  We have them coming this week.  We plant them in the fall and they take several months to be ready to harvest.  Unfortunately, due to our hot dry fall, we had a hard time getting the seeds to germinate in the ground, so we won’t have a lot of them this year.  I like to cook parsnips just like you would a potato.  You can roast, fry or boil them.  They are good mashed with other vegetables.  They have a sweet, aromatic scent and work well when paired with other strong flavors.  I have a recipe here with a southwest feel including cumin and cilantro.  If you want something different, I would use rosemary and garlic. 



Roasted Parsnips with Cumin and Cilantro


2-3 parsnips, peeled and chopped, remove the woody center of any large parsnip

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ teaspoon salt 

¼ teaspoon pepper

½ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ cup chopped cilantro

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Toss the parsnips with the oil, salt, pepper and ground cumin.  Place on a rimmed baking sheets and cook in the oven until lightly browned and tender, about 30-35 minutes.  While the vegetables are cooking, chop the cilantro.  Remove the parsnips from the oven and sprinkle with the cilantro and serve.

Meet Volunteer Jenny Russell…



How did you begin an interest in gardening?   I’ve always loved gardening and when my dear friend, Wendy, told me about the garden, I had to come.       Where were you born, go to school and or grow up? I was born in Palo Alto and grew up in Danville, before going to Fresno state and the University of Heidelberg, West Germany - majoring in German literature. Then I returned home and went to Merced College to complete a business minor and learn to speak English correctly again.  What drew you to our volunteer in Charitable Garden, when did you start  and what keeps you passionate about our work? I love being out in the garden. It changes daily so there’s always something new. God’s bounty is amazing.                 Who do you call family? My husband, Dave, and I have 2 kids that both got married last summer. Crazy but fun! What is something interesting about you that others might not know.... After the kids went off to college, we started hosting Modesto Nuts baseball players. All have been international players except one who was from Puerto Rico and English is his 2nd language. It’s great to be able to give them a little taste of home when they are so far away. Hopefully, they’ll get to play again soon.

Is there something else you want to share?  I am a quilter.  I started quilting in high school and then picked it up again to help with class projects when the kids were in school.