A colorful harvest is happening at Tucson’s Mission Garden, and it’s time to celebrate! Tia Marta here with an invitation: Every Saturday for the weeks of autumn there will be foodie festivities to enjoy at Mission Garden. Come masked and socially-distanced for open-air learning, tasting, photography and fun. There’s a big one this coming Saturday Oct.17, 2020 not to miss!
All of these Three Sisters–Corn, Beans and Squash–are grown together at Mission Garden in traditional ways, demonstrated in different “time-line” gardens. Come observe and learn how you might plan your own garden next summer season.
Tastes of the Southwestern heirloom bean Tom’s Mix soup and tastes of traditional O’odham Tepary Beans will be available at Mission Garden, Saturday, October 17, 10am-12noon. Look for the Flor de Mayo table under the north ramada that day. Also available will be packaged White Sonora Wheatberries with recipes for cooking them for pilaf or for marinated wheatberry salad. For more wheatberry recipes check out this post. A portion of the Oct.17 sale of these heirloom foods will go to support Mission Garden’s programs.
All of Carolyn Niethammer’s books are gastronomic inspirations, but THIS one —A Desert Feast–bears the crown! It is rich in history and recipes. Come get your copy signed Oct.17 and discuss traditional foods–wild and domestic– with the author herself.
You can find many fantastic recipes for tepary beans, Tom’s Mix, and wheat berries in this SavortheSouthwest.blog archive using the search box. Try some of the great recipes on the link SavortheSouthwest post written for healthy menus and specialized diets. Tom’s Mix and Teparies make fabulously flavorful bean salads, dips, stews, and hummus. These bean mixes and white Sonora Wheatberries are also available online at www.NativeSeeds.org and at www.flordemayoarts.com . Also check Tohono Chul Park, Tucson Presidio and Old Town Artisans for Flor de Mayo heirloom foods.
For a full schedule of Mission Garden weekend events, the Membrillo Fest, 60-day corn tortillo demos etc, please see the website www.tucsonsbirthplace.org.