Lettuce Entertains Me

As part of my recovery from the heart bypass I mentioned in a previous post, I have been taking cardio rehab sessions at Montgomery General Hospital three times a week.  These sessions are located directly across the hall from the cafeteria.

Last Friday, and again on Monday, there were charity bake sales set up in the cafeteria.  I seem to be the only person who saw the irony in selling fat, sugar and starch to those who should be most aware of how diet can affect health – hospital employees and visitors.

On Wednesday, however, redemption was at hand.  In celebration of (three-days-after-) Earth Day, the Master Gardeners of Montgomery County had a very green display in the very space where the previous caloric temptations were spread before us.  That’s green in both the literal and figurative senses.

They were giving out: compost enclosures; recycling containers; apples; green salad (ready to eat); tree seedlings; advice; lots of literature; and, my favorite, grow-your-own salads!

These last consisted of reused plastic clamshells containing three or six lettuce seedlings sprouted in reused newspaper, all different varieties, with instructions to fill up the gaps in the containers with potting soil, water, fertilize, and wait for your seedlings to grow up.  Being a greedy person, I took one of each size (also I noticed they both had frisee, my favorite salad green).

Stay tuned for updates on the progress of my lettuce patch!

About Judy

I have been cooking and eating all my life. I help run the Olney Farmers and Artists Market in Olney, Maryland, arrange their weekly chef demos and blog from that website (olneyfarmersmarket.org) on Market matters. This personal blog is for all things foodie: cookbooks, products, restaurants, eating.
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