“Can we really eat right out of our garden?” was the excited cry from some of the Y Guys. “Sure, but that does not mean eating in the garden, but we can pick a ripe tomato right now and eat it in the garden.” So last Tuesday Charity and Sarah got their containers and joined me toward the garden.
We headed straight toward the potato row which took a little searching since the potato stalks were dead and the hot wet weather had caused the weeds to grow. Why can’t we make food or money from morning glories; they seem to grow easily and are plentiful. We were glad I had used lots of tree leaves gathered last fall for a thick mulch. So we just followed the leaves. We used a flat-tined garden fork to dig down through the leaves and gently lift the potatoes out of the loose soil. The girls were so excited to see the spuds tumbling out. Since I use mainly potato eyes cut out of the potatoes I used all winter, we had a variety in color and texture. All too soon for them we had our quota for our meal.
Then we headed to the yellow wax beans to gather several handfuls. Since they are yellow on green vines they are easily found. The green Kentucky Wonder pole beans were harder to pick. They are green on green plants and, once again, the hot wet weather had made for heavy foliage. And if that was not difficult enough, we had to be careful to get just the right ones—long green slender pods with the little beans inside just beginning to show. Since I like to shell out Kentucky Wonders, there were some more mature beans which we left to turn yellow, just right for shelling.
We added sweet corn to our basket which grew heavy quickly. We chose enough for one ear for each person, then added several extras because there were several growing boys to join our group of a dozen people ages from four to eighty five. Of course there were lots of tomatoes to choose from—cherry, Roma and several big red varieties. We ran out of time to include some carrots and cucumbers since we also had to prepare all the food for the kitchen.
Meanwhile Janice was preparing chuck roast to serve along with the pot of new beans and potatoes. Since she knew her children well, she had boiled some new potatoes in their jackets which turned out to be the hit with the younger set.
All seemed to have a greater appreciation for the food which “came right out of the garden.”
Maybe you don’t have a garden at your house to have such fresh, nutritious food, but you can get some at the Farmers Market held each Thursday after five o’clock. Most of that food is grown in Knox County by farmers eager to furnish it for your enjoyment.