THE GARDEN STORY

Here at Retail Construction Services, Inc., we are dedicated to giving back.

Give back not only to those in need within our community, but also the future generations of this wonderful community. What started out as a great idea has grown exponentially and has become an amazing reality. Here at the RCS Giving Garden, school groups, master gardeners, corporate volunteers, and our own employees work together for the common good of teaching children the art of gardening and the importance of healthy eating.
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LOCATION:

Retail Construction Services, Inc.

11343 39th Street N.

Lake Elmo, MN 55042


From HWY 36 - go south on Lake Elmo Ave, turn left onto 39th Street, garden is at corner of 39th and Laverne.


From HWY 5- going west from Stillwater take right onto Laverne (near Fury dealership) garden is on the right at corner of Laverne and 39th street.


The RCS Giving Garden

The RCS Giving Garden

5/30/12

First Donation of 2012 - Oh Sweet Strawberries!

First Donation for 2012!
 We had our first donation to Valley Outreach Food Shelf today!  4.1 lbs of Strawberries.  We had an early season of blossoms and it looks like it will be a bumper crop of berries.

Fun Strawberry Facts:
• Did you know there are about 200 seeds in every strawberry?

• A 100g serving of strawberries will serve you for just 50 calories - that's a whooping 0g of fat - Another punnet anyone?

• We're all smiles - did you know strawberries can help whiten your teeth? The acids in the fruit help to remove stains.

• Strawberries are full of a special substance called ellagic acid which can help fight cancers.

• They are also full of flavonoids, which form part of the strawberry's red color. They are known to help reduce cholesterol from clogging up the heart's arteries.

• Eight strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange, that's 140% of our daily recommended amount.

• The word strawberry comes from the Old English words "streowberie" or "streawbelige". There are a few theories about how they got their name. The "straw" bit could come from the straw that was used to keep the strawberries fresh, or it could come from "strewed", which means to spread wide.

• You cannot be serious! Strawberries can also be white or yellow and some can even taste like pineapples.

• The strawberry plant, along with its good mate the raspberry plant, are members of the rose family.

• The Romans loved their wild strawberries - and not only for their taste. They believed strawberries could cure a number of illnesses.

• If you're watching your waistline, why not sprinkle a little black pepper over your strawberries instead of the usual calorific cream? It doesn't sound that appetizing, but you'll be pleasantly surprised...