Farm & Garden

Peterson Garden – Vegucation

Matt Kirouac

July 29 2013 - 10:00 AM

I’m case your tan lines don’t spell it out for you, summer is at its peak, and along with the joyous jingle of the ice cream man, summer is all about garden-fresh produce. But with so many ingredients bursting forth from the soil, it can be overwhelming for home cooks to know what to do with it all. This summer, Peterson Garden Project saves the season with its new Operation Vegucation blog series, designed to educate gardeners on a different ingredient each week and teach them how to cook it, how to store it, the nutrition facts, and more. In case you’re not familiar with Peterson Garden Project, you should be. PGP is a non-profit organization that strives to inspire people to grow their own food in community gardens. And with outlets such as Operation Vegucation, they make it as simple and enticing as possible.

Operation Vegucation can be found on PGP’s aptly named We Can Grow It blog. Here, PGP’s master gardeners document a different seasonal ingredient each week, digging into the nitty gritty that makes each item unique and delicious. For instance, did you know pole beans can be rambunctious? That summer squash are packed with Vitamin C? That the insides of cucumbers can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside temperature?! We learn something new every day, and you can continue learning if you follow along on PGP’s blog. There’s a new Operation Vegucation post every Friday, and given the current state of summer in Chicago, there is lots more to learn and eat.

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