A casual look at gardening in the north suburbs of Chicago and a look at our local CSA and Farmers' Market.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Well today Naomi harvested our first tomato of the year, a Roma. This red fruit is a sight to see. We have been waiting patiently for them to go from green to red and now that time is here. I reckon that for a while we will be just a few here and there, but before long we will be wading in red tomatoes.Naomi also harvested 5 cucumbers (some will be made into pickles and others for a snack) and three broccoli heads. The broccoli this year has been on the small side. Not exactly sure why.
Farming and the environment have been a passion of mine for along time. As a kid I would help my grandfather with his garden and I would play in the streams and forests that made up the Arkansas and Ohio backdrops of my childhood. As an adult I have focused my life on educating children about the wonders of nature and the joys of gardening. I have worked at environmental education centers as well as learning farms. For the last five years I have worked and devoted much of my free time to Prairie Crossing Charter School, whose mission is to educate the next leaders of our world about the importance of the environment and sustainable farming.