At yesterday's Ypsilanti-Downtown Farmers' Market, a young girl and her mother walked by our garlic table, with the girl proudly carrying a bag of beautiful kale. I asked if she needed some garlic to cook with her kale when she got home. She looked a bit confused, then looked up at her mother, at which point her mom responded that they did not actually eat kale themselves, but the kale was to feed her daughter's lizard! Well, my boys had all kinds of pets while growing up, but somehow I don't remember that we ever had lizards, so that was a new one for me! I laughed and laughed and asked if I could share this story on my kale blog while my husband handed the daughter a small (baby size) head of garlic just in case her lizard wanted to try some great tasting kale with garlic like we eat. He added the caveat that the lizard should not be eating better than they were, so they should try kale with garlic, too! This time the mom laughed and laughed, the daughter looked pleased instead of confused, and I think they went home with a new appreciation for kale and maybe garlic, too. :-)
Where kale is much more than decoration (or lizard-food) on our plate!
I'm a wife, mom, long-time organic gardener, new organic garlic farmer, Registered Dietitian, author of the book A Dietitian's Cancer Story and in between all that and more, I am a multiple time cancer survivor. My former website www.CancerRD.com focused on nutrition information for cancer survivors. I began my "dianadyer" blog in June 2007 to share a wider scope of my thoughts about cancer survivorship, food, nutrition, gardening, recipes, our environment, and life.
I started this blog "365DaysofKale" in January 2009 in which I write about my passion for growing and eating kale and all the other brassica vegetables. I hope that I can offer both information and inspiration to eat some kale or one of its healthy relatives every day of the year!
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