THE U-Pick GARDEN will be closing August 20th. This will be the last year the garden will be open to the public. Next year I'll be operating as a CSA, supplying about 20 regular customers with weekly boxes. Thank you for your support over the last 8 years, but it's time to try something new.

To get a copy of my book, "How To Grow Vegetables In Sitka, Alaska" just give me a call....The books are $20 plus tax. If you live out of town and want me to mail you a copy, you can mail a check for $25.60 to:

Lori Adams
P O Box 6021
Sitka, Alaska

Down To Earth U-Pick Garden is located at 2103 Sawmill Creek Road in Sitka, Alaska. It is open usually from mid-June through late August. Hours are Monday-Saturday 12:00 to 6:30. On Farmer's Market Saturdays I am not open until 2:00. Children are welcome but may not run through the garden or chase the ducks. If you have any questions you can contact me, Lori Adams, at 907-747-6108 or 907-738-2241. My email address is

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Everybody Loves Kohlrabi!!!!

Kohlrabi is one of my favorite vegetables.....and it's so easy to grow! My Dad always grew it in our garden when I lived at home, so to me it is a very common vegetable, but most people who visit the U-pick garden for the first time have never even heard of it!

Kohlrabi is from the brassica family, along with Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale and Brussel's Sprouts. It is a bulb that grows above the ground. They come in 2 and purple.

They sort of remind me of Mike Wazowski from Monsters.Inc....

Both the bulb and the leaves are edible. The leaves can be used like Kale.

Once people try Kohlrabi, they find out that they love them, and they become just as excited about them as I am!

Even kids love Kohlrabi....

Sometimes they can't even wait until they get home to eat them!

So here's a little tutorial on how to pick Kohlrabi.


1. Kohlrabi are $3.00 each regardless of size, so be sure to pick out one that is large enough to be worth picking....roughly 4 inches across seems good to me.

2. There are 2 ways to harvest Kohlrabi, either pull them out or cut them free. In this example I pulled it right out of the ground. 

3. Carefully set the root ball on the ground. Kohlrabi has quite a large root ball and it makes quite a mess if you shake the dirt off.

4. Use a really strong clippers to cut the bulb loose from the root ball and throw the root ball in the compost pile.

5. Remove the "core" of the root with a shallow cut using a pointy paring knife.

6. Peel the bulb. The peeling is thicker on the bottom then it is on the top. Discard the peelings.

7. People ask me all the time how I cook my Kohlrabi. Honestly, I have never cooked one.....I doubt if one has ever even made it to our table. Kohlrabi is just a delicious snack that needs to be eaten raw while standing over the sink.

8. Remember to gather up the leaves and use them just like Kale. Some folks even think they taste BETTER than Kale.

Come on out and try a Kohlrabi today!

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