Ok- so by now you have heard me ramble on and on about the awesomeness in Le Sueur…and yet there’s still more! Day 1 and Day 2 (part I) were actually pretty busy- very busy for someone who is used to running after three little ones all day and most importantly getting my 1:30pm nap.
Well…I guess out in the real world there isn’t a scheduled nap time, as by the time I pick up where I left off I was already starting to get sleepy and we hadn’t even had lunch yet! Before I continue though, I want to mention that you should check out the General Mills blog post by Sheila Kley- she does a marvellous job discussing the sustainability efforts of Green Giant which I briefly mentioned Wednesday.
Ok- so the cliffhanger that I left you with was the test plant. In honor of my ‘wordiness’ today’s post is going to try and rely just on the pictures.
At this point we were on our way out to Worth Farm in order to have a gorgeous, gorgeous picnic lunch. There’s really not much I can say that the photos can’t describe.
So we took a hayride out under that crazy blue sky to see the field of dreams. Ok, well maybe not- but that’s what it felt like! The sun, sky and breeze- along with the swaying green beans or peas (not sure) as well as our very, very full tummies was practically hypnotic and nap time beckoned. No rest for the weary! On forward!
We really enjoyed ourselves out here…we were given a lesson on the corn, the test rows- and many of the bloggers went into the rows to taste it right off the stalk! (Note: all of these pictures are from the Green Giant photographer).
Once we returned from the field- we had two more stops before we could go back to the hotel and get ready for dinner.
Back at the Agricultural Research Facility, we were given the opportunity to taste the differences in kinds of corn that Green Giant sells as well as the canned vs. frozen product. I was pretty surprised, as I learned that I personally like the canned Extra Sweet Niblets best- even though the Shoepeg Corn (Frozen) is a bestseller in my region (southeast- specifically South Carolina).
|The samples lined up for us|
|Trying them out|
Thanks again to our awesome Green Giant photographer for these pics!
Here we saw a bit of nostalgia of Green Giant- it was pretty interesting to see, and the wonderful people who worked there were kind enough to stay open a little later so that we could walk around and check things out.
|HUGE sign out front of the museum!|
|Remember phones like these???|
|Retro toys- look 80’s-ish|
|The Green Giant over time|
Whew! What a day….back on the bus!
So then we headed out back to our hotel where we had about an hour to rest before dinner. Our hosts were kind enough to push back our reservation so that we didn’t have to rush. I have never been to Bar La Grassa in downtown Minneapolis before- but oh my- was I in for a treat.
There really isn’t much I can say other than I had a fabulous time chatting at my end of the table with Kimberly at Peas on Moss, Hannah at Southern Savers, Kate from The Shopping Mama, Josie at Yum Yucky and Emilie at Baby Loving Mama. Great group of ladies with pretty awesome blogs too!
I also feel very fortunate to have met some other fantastic ladies- Ellen at Confessions of an Overworked Mom, Candace at Serendipity Mommy, Jodi at Western Gardners, Kristina from Better Recipes, Jessica from Utah Deal Diva (one of the cutest pregnant mamas I have ever seen) and of course, Robyn from Robyn’s Online World. Can’t forget my friends from Day 1 either: Carol from Songberries and Andrea over at Mommy PR.
So, here’s some of my favorite dishes. It was a 4 hour/5 course bonanza of crazy eating. I think I have just now recovered!
|The Menu. It was family style so each table had 2 plates of everything here.|
|Ricotta with roasted tomato|
|Charred red onion with goat cheese|
|Pappardelle with Veal Ragu|
|Best chicken of my life! Too bad I was stuffed.|
|Creme Fraiche Tarte with Apricot Compote|
|Choc Mousse Cake with Ricotta Ice Cream|
One big, huge THANK YOU to the wonderful folks at Green Giant. I had such a wonderful time, and learned so much about vegetables. I’m tossing that mama guilt out the window about frozen or canned options too by the way. I KNOW they are good enough for some very, very important men in my life- so bon appetite to you and enjoy your veggies!
Disclosure: My trip was paid for by Green Giant and has not influenced my opinions in any way, shape or form. I am not receiving any compensation for posting my reviews.