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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Foto Friday

This week I heard a radio show about a book Farm City. It's about a woman's experience running an urban farm in Oakland, CA. One of the things she talked about in regards to the problems our country has with food was the disconnect most people have from how their food is actually grown and the amount of work that goes into that. I'm grateful for growing up with parents that always had a garden. I'm grateful to know the special taste of a garden fresh tomato and the sweetness of a vine picked strawberry.


Pat and Will have been growing some plants in Gil's garden and Pat had asked for a few photos of my mom's garden. Because of the weird weather we had this year, some things have not been doing as well. But as you can see, there is still a lot of plants.

Grapes

Cabbage

Peppers

Voluntary sunflowers

This thing

I don't remember what it's called

Tomatoes

And more tomatoes

Tomatoes have always been a large part of my mom's garden and get canned into salsa and stewed tomatoes. As well as enjoyed throughout the summer. My mom has been working part time at a local garden nursery this summer, something I always thought would be a perfect job for her. Today she is teaching a class on salsa. Last night Lucia and Will wanted to help cut up the tomatoes for today, but had to take turns because the British apron was the only one they both wanted to wear.

They are really good helpers. For about 5 minutes.

I'm very thankful that our kids are growing up with knowledge about the experience of growing your own food.

9 comments:

Marty Wombacher said...

Wow, what a nice garden and you got some great shots of it. A great Foto Friday, Kari!

Wade The Rascal said...

Definitely cool shots of the garden. It looks amazing, and like sooo much work!
See you Wednesday night?

Kari said...

Thanks Marty and Wade. And yes Wade, VERY excited about Wednesday!

Anonymous said...

yeah real nice shots...when i was a youth the our garden sustained the family about the only purchased at a store was cereal...raw milk from a local farmer...a great experience for all...KOC

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RD said...

Thanks for the pictures. That "thing" might be a turnip but I have never seen so many off shoots from one before. Keep the photo's coming.

Britta said...

I am so jealous of Mom's garden. But I will always have one because I feel it's so important to show that the food doesn't magically come from the grocery store. Love the pictures!

Sharon said...

Looks like a turnip to me. They were my mothers favorite vegetable at Thanksgiving. They are hard to peel and back in Jersey you can get them frozen and ready to cook-- but I have not been able to find them here. I love turnips but not peeling them.

Kari said...

rr, I love that you grew up that way.

Britta, I'm glad you are carrying on the family tradition.

RD/Sharon, I found the name it's kohlrabi, which is similar to turnips

Patrick said...

Thanks for the pictures. My dad's friend Paul gave us a kohlrabi once. I think they look like some sort of freaky science experiment.