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July 19th, 2022 at 09:16 pm

Some of you have blogged about your gardens and I have as well. The tomatoes are really coming on and what a pleasure it is to enjoy them fresh from the garden. What a difference it is in taste. We are also getting some green onions as well as bell peppers and herbs.

Last year we did a half share of a CSA and we elected to do it again this year. Last week it was fresh green beans, onions, new potatoes, broccoli, corn, garlic, cabbage, and hot peppers. We gave the hot peppers away. We have enjoyed the fresh stuff with our own tomatoes. This week it was corn, potatoes, bok choy, a type of cabbage, and an onion as well as 2 green tomatoes. Lots of fresh eating.

I feel blessed to have so many wonderful fresh foods to fix and eat. I know it makes a difference in our health. I do wish more of the food pantries and government programs would encourage people to garden. Years and years and years ago after my Papa retired, we had moved to a small town north of where we live now and the government had a program called Green Thumb and his job was to help teenagers learn to garden. I wonder what happened to those kids and did they grow up and garden? As a former educator I refuse to even say schools should teach it; there are too many standards for a teacher to even cover as it is, as well as gardening. But think about how much money people could save if they could learn to garden. I see so many empty lots in our town and I wish the city would create a program that would allow people to make gardens on them to help feed themselves. I know that many of the inner city neighborhoods are basically food deserts. There's something immensely satisfying about growing and eating the food you have planted. Not to mention far healthier than the cheap processed foods many have to rely on. Anyway, that's just my take on it. 

6 Responses to “Fresh Food”

  1. Carol B. Says:
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    Rob, you make wonderful points. Some places are using empty lots to let people grow vegetables. More places and people should do it. It is wonderfully satisfying and tasty too!

  2. Lots of ideas Says:
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    Rob, have you ever suggested to your city council, mayor, or whatever you have for government to start a city gardens ptrogram?

    In the 80’s my mother participated in a Victory Gardens like program that I think was co sponsored by the Park Department and Conservation Commission in our town. I think there was a USDA component too, because I remember there were free seeds as part of it.

    The town tilled the land, and laid out the plots and irrigation pipes, and planted winter wheat in the fall.

    Especially the first few years, when it was ‘virgin soil’ the crops were amazingly abundant.

    People shared what they grew too, we got Brussels sprouts which I hadn’t had before that.

  3. Suemn Says:
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    I got my tomato plants in the garden about 2 weeks later than usual so I'm still waiting for them to ripen and you are so right... they are so much better tasting than what you get in the stores.

  4. Wink Says:
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    The quality of fresh produce these days in the grocery stores has been disappointing lately. I think I will drive out to one of the local farm stands next time I need produce. Farm fresh is so much better!

  5. LuckyRobin Says:
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    A couple of our elementary schools and one of our middle schools have gardens as part of their afterschool and summer programs, including 8 x 10 greenhouses. They make use of otherwise wasted space, like small strips that were originally grass on the sides of schools and they've taken over some of the flowerbeds, too. It's a really cool program. I'd like to see it implemented at all of our schools.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:
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    DH decided to do his bucket garden again this year = greatly expanded though. We just picked the first eggplants and yellow squash this week. We're watching the cantaloupe and tomatoes with great anticipation! DH wants to till the actual garden space next year and plant watermelons!

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