Saturday, August 2, 2008

A Peck of Pickled Pears from Pa

This summer we have been the beneficiaries of many, many different types of produce from Andy's dad's garden. Tomatoes, okra, peas, blueberries, cucumbers, pears...even the occasional squash (ewww!) has wandered into our kitchen and into our bellies. We have received the fruits of his labor in past years, but for some reason it has taken on the new meaning this year. Maybe it is the realization that a mere handful of blueberries goes for $5 in the store (not to mention the $25 of gas it costs to get there), and we have literally eaten bucketsful over the past couple of months? But for me it is more than that. Lauren and Tucker have thoroughly enjoyed being outside and (Lauren especially) picking the fruit themselves. It is something really cool that not every 5 and 2 year old get to do. I may never have a functioning garden of my own, but it is truly a luxury being able to eat freshly picked fruits and veggies, especially when they are grown by someone you love. I hope that Lauren and Tucker have lifelong memories of picking and eating food grown in their Pa's garden.

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