Tuesday, August 16, 2011

music and summer's harvest

From the pages of the Wall Street Journal to the gardens of the White House, from food blogs to supermarket aisles, there is a buzz going around that we need to pay more attention to vegetables, and that 2011 is in fact the year of the vegetable.

If you’ve been thinking about vegetables, there’s a song for that. A really funny one, good for kids and adults both, it will have you singing along in two languages in no time. The song is called Barnyard Dance in English, El Baile Vegetal in Spanish, and it is by Tish Hinojosa. Follow the link there at the title to hear a snippet of it, and look for it on Hinojosa’s album Cada Nino / Every Child.

vegetable harvest copyright kerry dexterThere are other songs which include vegetables. James Taylor has Sweet Potato Pie, Marcia Ball has Red Beans and Rice, Tim O’Brien offers Cornbread Nation This year of the vegetable and time of late summer harvest might be just the right moment to be pulling up these to listen to.

Once you check out Baile Vegetal, you may never think about those vegetables sitting quietly (it seems) in your kitchen the same way again.

you may also wish to see
songwriter Tish Hinojosa, at Perceptive Travel

My Kids Eat Squid, a resource for learning about food and having fun with your family in the kitchen

patchwork living bloggin bee featured postfor ideas about what to do with those vegetables when you’re not dancing with them (and other practical ideas about ways your daily choices can help the planet), check out the patchwork living blogging bee, a project from Kris Bordessa of Attainable Sustainable and Melanie McMinn of Frugal Kiwi. Melanie has been kind enough to feature this post as one of her favorites at Frugal Kiwi.

a book about a year of eating food sourced locally at
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

and to help out those who are hungry while having fun learning about languages, geography, and other things click on this logo to visit
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Anonymous Living Large said...

I was just looking at my tomato plants, which I've managed to save several times from big green horn worms this year, and realized they are in their final days. I'm sad to see summer end and especially sad to see my vegetables whither and die. Great music choices!

11:55 AM  
Anonymous sarah henry said...

Year of the Veggie? This stuff cracks me up. But why not? Vegetabilists everywhere rejoice. Gotta check out that song.

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Melanie @ Frugal Kiwi said...

Oh wow, Tim O'Brien is one of my absolute FAVORITE artists and I don't have this album. THANKS!

5:23 PM  
Blogger Jane Louise Boursaw said...

This is making me want to listen to James Taylor again - which, sadly, I haven't in years. Thanks for reminding me.

9:46 PM  
Blogger MyKidsEatSquid said...

Huh, songs about vegetables. Sadly all I can think of right now is one about fruit. From the Wiggles. Yikes. I'll have to give this a try.

5:51 PM  

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