Ohiofarmgirl's Adventures in The Good Land is largely a fish out of water tale about how I eventually found my footing on a small farm in an Amish town. We are a mostly organic, somewhat self sufficient, sustainable farm in Ohio. There's action and adventure and I'll always tell you the truth about farming.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lettuce Bucket

My new most favorite thing is.... the lettuce bucket. For whatever reason I could finally grow lettuce this year and it's doing GREAT! I've been having big beautiful salads almost every day.

This is a 2.5 gallon food grade bucket from the local bakery. It's the perfect size.

I'm really thrilled with being able to go up to the garden and grab a stalk of celery right from the plant, pull a green onion, clip some herbs, and then fill the rest of my lettuce bucket with lovely lettuce.

Just look how beautiful! Parsley, a green onion, a small broccoli, three kinds of lettuce, and some basil.

Why a bucket? Because it's an easy peasy way to carry my garden produce....and to wash it all at one time. The easiest way to clean greens is to fill a big pot with water, swish the greens all around, then pour off the water, rinse and repeat.... so a food grade bucket from your local donut shop or bakery is a great multi-use tool - you can carry and wash in one container. Once you rinse your greens you can than easily carry the bucket full of lightly-used water out to the garden and water your potted plants.

This is also a great way to keep just harvested greens fresh until later in the day. Cut the lettuce heads at the base with sharp kitchen shears then put cut-end down in your bucket with some water.

Then when you are ready you can make a beautiful chopped salad just like this.

Dressing? Who needs dressing on this lovely salad! Add some fresh goat cheese and it's perfect.

Happy Wednesday everyone! Do you carry your lettuce in a bucket? Give it a try - this has changed everything!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

That bucket is food art. How gorgeous does it all look and i imagine it taste even better.

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