Recipe By: Kelley Dillon and Jenny Breen
This recipe was inspired by our CSA which included rhubarb from Roger's Berries in Brainerd, MN.
"Service to others, being able to see the fruits of our work, and the thankfulness of the people who received those fruits have always given us joy and peace even in challenging times."
- Roger Marks, Roger's Berries
Rhubarb prefers to grow in a cool, damp climate. It is grown in a sunny spot with rich, lightly moist soil. Rhubarb is a low maintenance crop. Once planted, there's little work required. A happy plant will produce for decades. A rhubarb plant can grow to 3 feet in diameter. It grows flower stalks, sometimes reaching 6 feet tall. While decorative, they use some of the plant's energy. Removing the flowers as they begin to form helps rhubarb to grow stronger for longer.
Healthy soils produce healthy crops that can provide higher levels of nourishment. Maintaining healthy soil involves managing land sustainably. Roger and his wife Delores have cared and tended to their crops for the past 41 years they’ve owned their farm. Eating locally-grown food is a way to support sustainable agriculture and human health.
Rhubarb is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, manganese, calcium, and fiber. These vitamins and minerals support a strong immune system and fiber can help with healthy digestion and lower cholesterol.