This morning Tara and I went to Olivia to check on the vegetable garden, plant our weekly seeds, and water. It’s always fun to check on a garden after not seeing it for a week; sometimes I want to go by and peek before Tuesday comes around again. Since the garden is at a restaurant, sneaking a peek is easy, but I generally force myself to wait, which makes the impact of a week’s worth of growth more satisfying. I do believe that the English peas have grown about a foot since last week. We also have a few broccoli florets peaking out and two zucchinis forming.
Maintaining a vegetable garden for a restaurant is intriguing. Some of the items I noticed missing or cut off, I never would have thought of using. Olivia’s team seems to love the leaves from the broccoli plants. One week I showed up and they were all almost naked. Morgan, the chef de cuisine is also obsessed with broccoli raab. And they take the tips of the English pea vines for garnishing on the plate. Not to mention showing up every other week to a few rows worth of beheaded lettuces. Its definately fun, and I never know what to expect.