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2019's Vegetable of the Year: foodstuff or craft project?

By Rannpháirtí anaithnid at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

KUMD's annual reveal of the Vegetable of the Year featured an ode to same by Duluth Poet Laureate Gary Boelhower, an introduction by the Duluth Community Garden Program, and turns out to be a cross between a cabbage and a turnip (??)!

VEGETABLE OF THE YEAR 2019 It could be the name for a dance it has that tango kind of feel step and swirl, break and glide but it’s as down to earth as earth the food of commoners, not kings miners, lumberjacks, surly mechanics with grease under their fingernails the people’s fare, not often seen in fine dining establishments. But this could all change in Duluth when it becomes the vegetable of the year. We could serve it here with chanterelles and a champagne shallot butter sauce pair it with caviar and a cabernet cuvee. Kobe beef step aside. King Salmon pass your crown to this hearty brassica delicious in stews and pasties. You’ve been called the food of last resort in Germany and France during both world wars. Still you have your own festival in Askov and in Cumberland and you’ve been carved into lanterns for generations. We’ll plant you in the fine soil of Duluth we’ll dice and mash and boil and roast you until you know you are our chosen vegetable of the year Swede, neep, rutabaga, whichever name you choose. ~ Gary Boelhower, Duluth Poet Laureate

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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