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the kale can’t trick me

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I am not a kale person.

If it’s hidden with lots of flavors in a soup or something, fine, I’ll eat it. Just don’t tell me what I’m eating.

But cooked on its own, or worse, raw? Nuh-uh. Double it and give it to the next person.

A lacinato kale is trying to pass itself off as a lettuce in the hydro house. And I am not falling for it. I see it for what it is: Not Lettuce.

4 rows of green curly leaf lettuce growing hydroponically. In the back is one lone lacinato kale, towering above the lettuce

We don’t usually grow kale (or chard or dandelion or sorrel) in the hydro-house. They all do best when cut as baby greens when grown hydroponically, and we like big-kid greens here.

Plus the kale grows great in the tunnels and outside.

The kale in one of the tunnels were just stripped down to their birthday suits this past week. It is very cool to see that bare stalk leaf back up in just a few days.

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The kale on the right was stripped a week ago and the kale on the left was stripped yesterday

Speaking of amazing growing skills. Everyone, and I mean everyone, says don’t plant mint in the ground because it’ll spread. (This is not like the primrose thing – I believe it spreads. If you don’t want a mint-filled yard, plant it in a pot).

But I planted mint in my yard because I wanted it to spread.

Did it spread? No.

Did it grow? Also no.

Did it even live? Hard no. 

Fortunately, I’m not in charge of the mint patch at the farm, and that is growing beautifully.

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Some seasonal inspiration:

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Happy Eating!



PS: keep your fingers and toes (but not legs – that’d be weird) crossed that strawberries will start in 3 weeks

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About Highland Orchards

Completely surrounded by suburbia, our small farm has been growing beyond expectations since 1832, just north of Wilmington, Delaware.

Growing a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, Highland Orchards provides true “farm fresh” for the community all year. If you want to shake the hand of the farmer who grows for you, here is the farm! With plants in the ground or under cover in tunnels, we grow for every season. A family farm, we have three different generations involved in running the farm right now.

Come see us to eat fresh, eat local, and eat well!