From the Garden: Mint Lemonade

July 23, 2010

by Mark Bishop, deputy director

Lemonade

I have strong summertime memories of
lemonade from when I was a kid and want Henry to have similar memories
as well. So as a special treat, I decided that on a hot afternoon we
should make mint lemonade.

I asked Henry to pick fresh mint from our
backyard. (We can’t pick it fast enough!) He came in with a small mint
tree which I washed, and we picked the leaves off it. We then crushed
the mint leaves in some ice and mixed it with the juice and zest of one
lemon, water and honey to taste. It made a delicious and refreshing
treat.


Even living in
Chicago, I like to make sure Henry knows that food comes from the earth.
And while we can’t raise cattle or grow lemons, we can grow herbs,
tomatoes and veggies.


I think it’s the little things that we’ll all
remember, like mint-lemonade from the garden. I’ll ask him in 20 years
if he recalls that hot summer afternoon treat. I’m sure I will.

What are your favorite
summer food memories from childhood?