Vegetable picking

Yesterday we spent the morning at Marie’s Garden picking vegetables. We’ve only been there twice, but each time we say to ourselves “Why don’t we come here more often?”. The food is good and fairly cheap, and the kids love getting their hands dirty and seeing the vegetables growing in the wild. Plus they’re much more likely to eat things they’ve picked (or made) themselves. My parents used to grow a small selection of vegetables in their garden (potatoes, tomatoes, beans, carrots) but it’s not something we’ve ever done here in Brussels.

Despite the fact that Halloween has already passed we picked up a pumpkin, as well as a butternut squash. It was lovely to see a field of them spread out before us.




Before we arrived we knew we wanted to get some kale (the website tells you what’s available according to the season), and I was amazed to see the size of them. A veritable kale forest.



“Lovely crinkly edges”.


Sprouts, of course. We are in (or near) Brussels, after all.


Some of the leaves looked like someone or something had been munching them already.


I love the way the rain water pools on the leaves, but we shook them off so as to avoid wet sleeves while we picked the sprouts from out underneath them. They were harder to pull off than I’d thought, and proved a little tough for the 5yo.


Artichokes, which were not for sale. Shame: I could have made my own Cynar!



5 thoughts on “Vegetable picking

  1. Erik R. November 10, 2014 / 2:14 pm

    I’ve never seen a ‘choke on the stalk like that. That’s my one thing to learn for today!


    • Erik R. November 10, 2014 / 2:24 pm

      It’s not rice, it’s… [big exaggerated Italian gesture] risotto!


  2. AllisonI. November 10, 2014 / 4:17 pm

    Wow! I love it all. I’ve never seen Brussels sprouts unfurled like that. I am only used to seeing the little buds on the stalk. It’s my favorite vegetable.

    Are roasted kale chips all the rage over there like they are here? It’s a pretty easy kale delivery method, especially for kids.

    Those pumpkins are lovely. What a fun trip.


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