The Cable Community Farm is pleased to announce that the Vegetable of the Year for 2022 will be the…cucumber!
The Vegetable of the Year campaign began in 2015 as a riff on the “one book, one community” idea with a goal of inspiring people to grow some of their own food. This year’s variety is “Cross Country”, a pickling cuke that tastes cool and crunchy when eaten raw. Free packets of seed will be available at local businesses and will be given to all of the elementary students at the Drummond Area School District. Whatever seed packets are left will be given out during Cable’s July 4th parade.
“Cucumbers contain most of the nutrients your body needs every day, including vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc”, explains Katie Hancock, who has been on the Vegetable of the Year committee since its inception in 2015. “Beside the fact that cucumbers are a crunchy and delicious addition to so many dishes, they can also be used to cure a headache, a hangover, or keep your breath in check!”
The Cable Community Farm is grateful for the support of the Local Business Heroes, who provided the financial resources for the Vegetable of the Year campaign.
This year’s sponsors include: Arm & Hammer Builders, Brick House Cafe & Catering, Cable Lumber & Home, Cable Natural History Museum, Hayward Community Credit Union, McKinney Realty, Northern Native Plantscapes, Redberry Books, Rondeau’s Shopping Center, and the Start Line Inn.
As she has each year, Mimi Crandall created a beautiful pastel and watercolor rendition of cucumbers to be used in the promotional material for the campaign. Entitled “Sliced and Pickled”, the artwork captures the versatility of this humble vegetable.