September 9, 2008

Roadside Dining

MMMMMM...cantaloupe finely harvested! My Uncle J says that the variety we have is called "Roadside" and it does make for fine dining. Our first one pictured here was 9.625 pounds!! This past weekend, we had a family reunion that stretched out over 4 days for us and we made good use of this cantaloupe and it's smaller brother.

We cut him open and took a big bowl of cantaloupe to one family meal, cut open another one straight from the garden after my dear cousins had toured through what's left of our backyard plot - and we ate that one straight off the cutting board! Then I sent home cantaloupe with my mom, who was here for the reunion. She also took home a box of our tomatoes and a few fresh green beans, so she had a good taste of Iowa to go! It's always hard to tell her goodbye, but it felt good to send a little of us along with her.

What fun we had with cousins, aunts, and uncles as we talked about gardening, shared our food, shared our favorite varieties of vegetables, shared our solutions to common garden pests, and shared our plans for future gardens! My cousin's 12-year-old granddaughter was just as thrilled as anyone when we poked around in our garden to see what was still growing and it was so nice to think that her parents have already instilled a love of gardening in her. Plus, we were fortunate enough to visit the large farmer's market in Des Moines over the weekend, as well as visiting the Botanical Center where Amy Goldman was presenting a forum on heirloom tomatoes. We bought her gorgeous, gorgeous book "The Heirloom Tomato". All of these things rolled together in my mind to make me optimistic about the way that more and more people are getting knowledgeable about the quality and origin of their food. I think the tide is turning, or more in keeping with the title of this post - we're turning the corner!

Well, this is all then.

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