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Garden Produce

By Staff | Aug 2, 2019

Through the years our garden has dwindled from a full fledged garden to a cherry tomato plant in a pot. The “garden” has now been taken over by day lilies.

Recently I was gone from home for a couple of days, so I asked my “green thumb” friend to care for the cherry tomato. The winds blew and the plant toppled over and the pot broke. A text alerted me to the situation. The tomato is in a new pot and looks very happy. In fact, there are a lot more baby tomatoes and even more blossoms. Maybe spilling out of its pot did it more good than harm.

At one time, my garden included a sweet potato plant. Did it produce a sweet potato? Yes – one! That was not a repeat venture. Radishes fresh from the garden are super. Once it starts getting hot, the radishes get hot, too. Plus, radish seeds are so tiny they get stuck under your fingernails and are hard to plant.

Since my garden has gone to flowers, I have become a big fan of farmer’s markets. Emmetsburg has a very nice market twice each week. Here is a place where we know the gardeners who have a knack for growing specific products. And some who grow a great variety of produce. Baked and canned goods are also available at the market.

We applaud all of our area gardeners. Without them, we would all have to be planting big gardens. They deserve our support them on a weekly basis.

Farmer’s markets in larger communities have a little more variety. One of the larger markets I visited this summer had very little garden produce, but there were a couple of booths that featured fresh herbs. We stopped at a roadside stand that had fresh peaches. The peaches were quite a bit smaller than the ones we purchase in the store, and not as perfect. The little brown spots didn’t matter one bit because they tasted so good, fresh from the tree and warmed by the sun.

Each week, we receive a variety of stories from ISU Extension in Ames. This week we were alerted to Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training. Eleven meetings will be held across the state this fall and winter. The training sessions are for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety.

Out of curiosity, I checked to see where the meetings are scheduled and Emmetsburg is on the list. The Emmetsburg session is on a Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Looks like it’s a day-long meeting. We’ll let you know more before the end of the year.