Saturday, March 21, 2009

A sign of times or is it just retro?

I am thrilled that the First Lady is putting in an organic garden, it says a lot to the public when the first family, who can buy as much organic produce they want, choose to grow their own. I find it interesting all the news reports about how many people are planting gardens and how it is a sign of the times...but my parents always had a garden because it was a cheap way to feed us good food. Ryan and I have also worked hard to grow as much as we can on our little plot which this year includes onions, garlic, herbs, spinach, a number of lettuces, two kinds of cucumbers, two kinds of beans, two kinds of tomatoes, parsnips, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and if the birds don't get them...pears! We are also planting apple trees (4) and two more pear trees, but they will take a few years to produce.

We also belong to a CSA which gets us even more local fresh produce, and we take advantage of local pick your own farms where we pick strawberries, blueberries and apples...and this year I also hope to get some blackberries. We know the cost savings, for example our CSA costs us $440 for 18 weeks of produce, that is just under $25 per week and we get a huge bag of assorted fruits and vegetables, even honey some weeks! All is local and organic, and we freeze a lot of it for winter eating. We picked 120 lbs of apples this year and it cost us about $60 but we canned enough to last us until next season. I am thrilled that others are joining the backyard garden movement, there is no better way to feed your family!

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