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Meet Me At the Fair

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I know it’s summer when the fair brochure arrives in the mail. I go browsing through the home arts section to decide what to enter this year, and check on my tomatoes to see which ones will be the heirlooms to choose to enter.

I picked my first pickling cucumber this morning.

Not to brag or anything, but I put it up against the CSA pickles that came last Thursday. Mine is the big one on the left. 🙂

My husband wants me to make dill pickles like his mom made, and keep them in a crock. I hope my six plants give me enough to put up a crock of them. I also want to do bread and butter pickles for the fair.

In the past I entered tomatoes and herbs. This year I may branch out and do photography. I have lots of cool pics taken for the blog that would work in many categories, like historic Howard County, and animals, and still life (my flowers). Entering the fair is fun. Most of the time I get nothing but I have two ribbons, one for herbs and one for heirlooms.

Purple calabash, in 2010. This year I planted chocolate stripes, amana orange, legend, pink caspian, great white, pineapple and orange blossom. We will see what does best in my soil. I also planted lots of cherry and grape tomatoes. I never seem to do well in that area.

I did get a ribbon last year for my herbs. This year, the new herbs include tarragon and marjoram. I didn’t do stevia again. I did put in a number of lavender plants, and more varieties of basil. Can never have too much basil. Particularly when the tomatoes come in like this.

If you have never entered the fair, it is really easy to do. Herbs are the easiest. Flowers too. Growing enough veggies to meet the minimum in some categories is difficult but for grape or cherry tomatoes, it is easy to get 15 of them. It is not too late to plant a few tomato plants or an herb border in your yard, and you can put together the three herb arrangement you need to enter.

Try putting something out there this year. And, come to the fair in August. See if I got any ribbons!


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

8 responses »

  1. We no longer have a state fair in Nevada. It makes me sad. I think there is still a carnival that comes to town but that’s NOT AT ALL the same thing. I miss all of the Home Arts things. Good luck to you with your entries. 🙂

    • We are lucky. We have a state fair in late August, and this is our county fair. It is less than 5 miles up the road from us. We go almost every day.

      This year we will be bidding to get one of the 4H raised lambs to put in the freezer. We have a robust 4H community here. The children deserve to get compensated for all the effort to raise their lambs, calves, goats, pigs and chickens. This is really a great week for those of us who value our farmers’ contributions to us.

  2. Beautiful cuke Annie. Mine are weeks away from something as nice as that 🙂

  3. Great cuke! Size matters 🙂

  4. How fun! Congrats on the two ribbons for last year. those heirloom tomatoes are gorgeous. Good luck this year!

  5. The vegan pâté sounds delicious! And those heirlooms are gorgeous. Best of luck at the fair!

  6. I love your Blog and of course the pictures.\


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