Rhubarb Revisited!

A year ago I wrote here about rhubarb. The photo above shows the 120-year-old rhubarb plant that I transplanted on my family farm.

I thought then that I wouldn’t be writing again rhubarb for a very long time.

But I was wrong. On Friday I’ll be attending an event in Aneta, N.D. that features a rhubarb tasting and information on different ways of preparing and eating it. I’m planning both Agweek print and TV stories.

More information on the event here. As the link will tell you, the rhubarb session is part of the community’s annual Turkey Barbeque and Summer Festival — an event of which Aneta is justly proud. (And please drop me a line if your local community has an annual event of its own.)

Kudos to the folks in Aneta for their effort and initiative. Rhubarb really is an interesting plant, one that’s played a long role in Agweek Country. That role can and should continue, or so it seems to me.

Two final thoughts:

— The single transplanted rhubarb plant came from a larger rhubarb patch on family land that’s done extremely well this spring and summer. So I have a lot of the stuff to find uses for.

— The Aneta event and my transplanted rhubarb plant near McVille, N.D. are roughly 8 miles apart. Agweek has taken me many places — Minnesota lake country, South Dakota prairies, the mountains of Montana, the North Dakota-Canadian border, Monsanto’s biggest research facility and the White House, to name a few — but sometimes this really is a small world.