I enter the different vendors booths with a sense of anticipation. I am not someone who successfully eats the produce of the seasons...I know, I know Lauren (my healthy, earth friendly daughter) I should, but sometimes I need a BLT and the only tomatoes available are a winter shadow of the real thing. Pithy. Pinkish and not red. And no real smell to offer my acute sensibilities. So when I can handle the real thing, and I mean handle, I am like the proverbial kid in the candy shop. I go into the booths and run my hand over the vegetables as if I were a lover caressing the body of my one and only. Don't worry I disinfect before I go. I am aware of my actions.
I have tried for years to grown my own garden. I have planted tomatoes, bell peppers, patty pan squash and herbs. I rarely get the tomatoes to cooperate. This year the underside of every tomatoe was black and rotten. I was told this was bottom rot and that I could pick up something to help with this plant affliction. So I went to Roxbury Mills farm and Garden center, http://www.roxburyfarmgarden.com/. A place that smells of all things growing...soil, fertilizer, bulbs, plants.....you get the idea. I walked in and a man approached me and asked if he could be of help. Because I rarely think before I speak, I told him that I had bottom rot and could he help me. At first I couldn't figure out his quizzical expression, and then I realized my error and quickly did what I could to stop the flow of red to my face and tell him that my tomatoe plants were producing fruit with bottom rot...not me... and could he help. Even though he was most helpful and provided me with a spray that should have helped, I can never grow edible tomatoes that I would proudly serve at my dinner table. I had luck with my patty pan squash...well I should say it took over the whole dang garden area and provided a little vegetable sustenance. So, I decided that herbs are my specialty and I will now trust the growing of all things vegetable to the pros.
|Patty Pan Squash|
The summer has left and autumn is approaching. The color of the vegetables have transferred to the trees. The farmer's market stands are no longer full of the vibrant color of spring, but have begun to tone it down. Apples, acorn squash and butternut squash have calmed down the splash of vibrancy, but are not any less tasteworthy. However all is not lost. Like many women before me, I decided to try and capture summer in the bottle and try and can the last of this seasons tomatoes. Next post!! I will share how it all went.