Kale gets nod for veggie of the yearPublished 10:59am Friday, May 10, 2013
Kale, c’mon down. You’re the first featured veggie for the One Vegetable One Community project in Fergus Falls.
The project just started and kale was chosen as the 2013 vegetable of the year to rally community members around growing, cooking and sharing a single vegetable.
“The basic gist of it is to make healthy foods more available and to be talked about in the community,” project coordinator Emily Tonello said. “We’re just basically going to bombard the community with all things related to that vegetable.”
Free kale seed kits are available to grab at seven locations within Fergus Falls: Fergus Falls Public Library, Meadow Farm Foods, Falls Bakery, Lundeens, Kaddatz Gallery, City Bakery and The Spot. The kits include two varieties of kale seeds, growing tips, recipes and project ideas.
“Really, it’s to promote the vegetable and to promote the idea of growing it yourself,” Tonello said. “This project is very Facebook oriented. We see the power in the social media aspect of it.”
The project’s Facebook page has already been active with posts and pictures. People are encouraged to “like” the page, post questions about kale and share recipes.
One Vegetable One Community was a project that Duluth has done for a couple of years, and it was brought forth in Fergus Falls by Otter Tail County Public Health. Each year, Fergus Falls will choose a new vegetable that will hopefully bring the community together in conversation about food. Kale was the choice for the inaugural project this year.
“We picked kale because it’s very easy to grow,” Tonello said. “It practically does all the work itself.”
Kale is also one of the most nutritious greens on the planet, Tonello said, and it’s been trending lately.
“I have yet to meet a child who does not like kale chips,” Tonello said.
Some of the businesses will feature kale items on their menus, like kale juice at The Spot or a dinner roll with kale in it at City Bakery, according to Tonello.
Not only is the project’s purpose to get people talking about the featured veggie, plenty of activity surrounds it as well. Kaddatz Gallery will hold a community-wide art show featuring kale and a cash prize for the winner. Plans for a kale-featured pot luck meal this fall are also underway.
Each Monday in May, a new clue for the project’s medallion hunt will be revealed on the Facebook page. It started this week. Medallions are hidden at one of the seven locations with the kale kits, and those who find it receive a prize.
For more information about events, drawings, recipes and a place to post your own photos and stories, go to the One Vegetable One Community Facebook page at www.facebook.com/one.vegetable.one.community.