Rhubarb…and More Rhubarb!!!!

We just finished cutting up about 130 pounds of a green plant with red highlights.

Yes, it was rhubarb!


This was actually the second batch we received and processed within just a few days.  The generous donors of both batches sell one batch per year to a local winery, but had extra now to share with us.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Deacon Wally Dalman and his wife Colleen for their kindness!

IMG_2168 (1)We’ve begun to use their rhubarb already, making sauce, jam, and cake.

However, this really doesn’t put much of a dent in our supply, to which we added roughly 245 lbs. since this past Wednesday.  There will be plenty to provide for rhubarb desserts for months to come, which is good because our residents do enjoy them.

Due to the large quantity of produce, we had two “rhubarb cutting parties” today with our residents; one began after snacks, around 10 a.m.  The second was after dinner and lasted until supper time.  A few people came and went, but some stayed in our activity room for the entire afternoon of “festivities.”

Good conversation, camaraderie, and the satisfaction that manual work can bring,  make these parties an uplifting experience for our residents.

If you’re interested in joining in with future “parties,” please let us know and we can give you a call.  We’ll be having corn and apples come in as well during the coming weeks and would be happy to have you come and join us!

One Reply to “Rhubarb…and More Rhubarb!!!!”

  1. Yes, it’s work and, yes, we have done it all of our lives. Yes, it’s tiring but…I am grateful to be able to volunteer.

    Just like the old fashioned quilting bees that still take place in some communities, or the dumpling or pierogi making groups, this can be a time filled with great stories and many laughs.

    We usually have the cable set to the oldies station so we can sing along to “Under the Boardwalk” or “Little Old Lady from Pasadena” and may erupt into song ( when we remember the words)! Sometimes we might evoke our Count of Monte Christo by fencing with a rhubarb epee, but there has never been a serious injury.

    I, for one, prefer to take advantage of the opportunity to join in the activity. Similarly, I watch old movies and TV shows from the ’50’s and ’60’s, which arouse those wonderful tender memories of childhood.

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