Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A White House Kitchen Garden Winter Harvest

The First Lady's vegetable showcase grows through all four seasons, thanks to protective hoop houses...
The White House on Tuesday released the photo, above, of three baskets of cabbage and broccoli that were harvested today in First Lady Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn.  Mrs. Obama's 1,500 square-foot showcase vegetable plot grows through all four seasons thanks to crop rows being covered by protective hoop houses.  Led by the White House chefs, volunteers usually do a weekly weeding and harvesting on Tuesday mornings.  The weather in the District today hit a high of 69 degrees, but there was snow on the ground at the White House over the weekend.

The photo was released via Twitter on Mrs. Obama's @FLOTUS account. 

"Today in the Kitchen Garden, we harvested cabbage & broccoli. Take a look & try a @letsmove recipe http://at.wh.gov/hf09f  pic.twitter.com/JBZFz01W," read the tweet.

The tweet was not signed by Mrs. Obama, who adds her initials "-mo" when personally tweeting on her account.  The recipe link is for "Yummy Cabbage Sloppy Joes," a dish that was one of the winners of Mrs. Obama's Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide Let's Move! contest last year.  (Above, hoop houses over crop rows in the Kitchen Garden)

The 54 child winners, ages 8-12, were invited to the White House for Mrs. Obama's first-ever Kids' State Dinner in August of 2012.  The luncheon was her last major Let's Move! event before President Obama's re-election.  The tweeted recipe was created by Rori Coyne, age 12, of Kansas, and when it was served at the White House it used ground turkey rather than the beef Coyne called for in the recipe.

Mrs. Obama celebrates the third anniversary of Let's Move! on February 9.

CLICK HERE to download the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook

*Top photo via @FLOTUS; second by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama