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    Now this is how I celebrate...!! with real food from real gardens grown right down the road from me...

    I grew up with a garden out back that had sweet peas planted on St. Patrick's Day... and a basement stocked full of home canned tomatoes and relish plus a freezer filled with okra, squash and green beans... Grandmom even had a root cellar where she kept the cabbage and potatoes all winter long...

    I am not as independent as author/farmer Barbara Kingsolver, who wroteAnimal, vegetable, miracle : a year of food life, but I always have dreamed of going back to the farm... I do so wish I had a little garden and even a pond...!!

    But for now, I will harvest my bounty at the local farmers' market and cook up all those good vegetables for a grand country supper... USA style... :)

    Happy 4th of July, America...!!


    The best food is what's grown closest to you... eat seasonally... support sustainably grown food in your area.

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    update June 30, 2009:
    Used on Farm Aid homepage promoting the idea of getting farm fresh food in our school cafeterias.

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    1. jmven 71 months ago | reply

      Good work

    2. SassyFrass4 71 months ago | reply

      The photo is very nice and I loved your story.

    3. rodante 71 months ago | reply

      Excelente fotografia,muy buena composicion
      y un color fantastico,Que tengas un buen
      fin de semana,
      Un saludo

      rodante©

    4. quinntillion 71 months ago | reply

      Oh most excellent photo and story! Have a great 4th!

    5. champagne.chic 71 months ago | reply

      Only true Southerners really "get" this!!

      We're about to move into a little fixer-upper cottage on 2.5 acres... maybe I'll get really ambitious and get a garden going! This is very inspiring... :)

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    6. Tripp124 70 months ago | reply

      Makes my mouth water! Great pic!

    7. Garnite 70 months ago | reply

      Wonderful looking basket of produce. I have a garden, and it's one of the great pleasures in my life. Playing in the dirt is therapeutic, and if you produce anything you can use, gratifying as well. I hope your wish comes true. I also have a pond under construction.
      Sort of. I'm a firm believer people are killed in panic, so try to avoid rushing into things. The dates on that picture will show you how seriously I take it. Hope you're having a great holiday weekend.

    8. Green Explorer (Tom) 70 months ago | reply

      A fine collection indeed. Growing vegetables is a great skill which I have failed to achieve!

    9. SALLYANNE0852 new profile 70 months ago | reply

      Wonderful shot........your season is way earlier than ours....It will be the begining of august b4 i can pick a basket like thisl

      No im not a southerner, im from New England and i get it just fine. my mom and dad and grandmother spent all spring and summer in the mud and all autumn putting up vegetables, pears, applesauce and peaches, making pickles, and sauerkarut....we kept rabbits in the back yard and chickens for eating.

      My 80 year old dad is still planting 1/2 his property with tomatoes and squash and putting up rock walls and fences to keep the puppy out of them.

      I spent last august drying tomatoes and freezing peaches.

      Good luck on your writting venture! Hope to see your novel circulating soon!

    10. outlier* 70 months ago | reply

      This is great!

    11. bodofotoz 70 months ago | reply

      Fantastic color!

    12. dotintime 70 months ago | reply

      really good shot. makes my mouth water & reminds me of michael pollan's advice: eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

      and...must agree w/ sally anne, as someone who grew up on a farm (north of the mason dixon line) and spent summer vacation time gardening, canning & freezing all sorts of produce and even selling it at the roadside. My 84 year old dad is still growing the best tomatoes i've ever tasted. and we eat some of them green & fried.

    13. mnplatypus 46 months ago | reply

      Thank you for sharing. I used it here: news.zionbuffalo.org/2010/07/19/have-extra-produce/ linking back to your photo page

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