News

—by Naomi Jackson, Membership Coordinator

Thank you, Mayfest volunteers

Several dozen volunteers helped out with this year's Mayfest Plant Sale. I continue to be impressed with the quality of work provided by our excellent volunteers.

Help needed in June

As I write, the June evening calendar looks dismal. I know people are exceptionally busy in June. Also, many volunteers have worked ahead and don't need to work in June. However, if you have free time on a June evening, stop in and sign up. We could really use your help!

Road construction and parking

—by Roxanne Bergeron

In late April, while I was wrapping up this article for the June newsletter, several inches of wet, heavy snow were falling. A few days later, the snowy landscape had transformed into a tennis-friendly, bird-chirping extravaganza wrapped in an 80–degree day. Then on May Day, upwards of nine inches of snow were predicted to fall upon the Twin Cities over the following two days. Then my furnace kicked on.

Was I the only one thinking—what gives?! Climate change sure has a wicked sense of humor! What will summer be like? Spells of crazy, blistering hot winds? Weird cold snaps in July? Only time will tell.

—by Anna Dains

(Reprinted from the July 1988 issue of the SAP Foods newsletter.)

There are two distinct advantages to preparing a fresh supper salad in the morning or even the night before. First, early preparation allows flavors to “marry” and all ingredients to chill evenly. Second, you’ll be out of the kitchen at the hottest time of the day, smiling enigmatically at the question, “What’s for supper?”

The following recipes are meant to be skeletons—fill them in with additional fresh herbs and vegetables as they come into season.

—by Monica Rojas

Cornichon (pronounced kor-nee'-sho(n) is a French word literally translating to “little horn.” The assumed first use of the word was in 1928. They are a crisp, tart gherkin cucumber usually flavored with tarragon. In England they are simply called gherkins. These small pickles, usually only a couple of inches long, originate from French cuisine, though they can now be found all over the world. Though you can grow them here, seeds are hard to get, and the gherkins must be watched and picked quickly before they mature, otherwise their nubs grow into spikes.

This year we are again selling garden seeds from Seed Savers Exchange. SSE is located in Decorah, Iowa, and is committed to preserving agricultural diversity. All of their seeds are heirloom and/or open-pollinated varieties. Our co-op is offering over 120 varieties of SSE vegetables, flowers, and herbs.

Seed savers from around the world have donated rare seed varieties to SSE, which makes every effort to preserve and share these seeds. This year SSE is featuring ground cherry seeds donated by HPC volunteer Ann Bernstein. A limited number of these seeds will be available for purchase at the co-op.

Honey bees are the only pollinators that can provide us with honey. A frequent problem people have with locally-produced honey is that it crystallizes.

—by Margot Monson

The HPC February/March newsletter’s lead article by Anne Holzman was a timely introduction to thinking about the spring season and the sweet rewards of gardening. When I ask young students what they think of when they hear the word pollination, the first answer is almost always honey bees, and frankly, it is often the same with adults.

Since most gardeners are busy planning what they will plant in a few weeks, I’d like to expand on the relationship between plants and insect pollinators and how we might fit into this relationship.

Native pollinators

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