At least in the gardening world that is the center of my days.
Bright and early today I was out for my last week as food bank coordinator. Getting all the wheelbarrows ready for collecting the harvest. Additionally we were clearing out beds to ready for fall planting. Add to that the collection of vegetables for the lucky winner of the Wine in the Garden auction. They got a basket full of fresh vegetables again.
We had a large group there today. Probably ten of us. Maybe even a dozen. We harvested all the beets, carrots, cabbage and leeks. Then pulled the plants from the beds and readied them for planting. Weeded quite a bit too.
Our donation today was 110 pounds. I think this entire month we had at least 100 pounds of vegetables each week to take to the Howard County Food Bank. Today’s volunteer driver met some of the people waiting for the food bank to open, who expressed their thanks for what we donate.
We heard that our vegetables are greatly appreciated, as they are fresh and pesticide free.
Hats off to our volunteers today. We put in two to three hours of work each today. The gardens are flourishing in this lovely weather.
After my time in the food bank plots, I headed off to bring home my last leeks and a boatload of tomatoes.
This is part of it. My “audition” tray for my county fair decisions. Which cherry tomatoes do I choose? Will I get enough medium tomatoes to enter? What are my best plum tomatoes?
And, hooray, I got my first ripe heirlooms today. Two each of two different varieties. With a half dozen more close to ripening on the vines. Friday I have to decide which ones to enter.
Now, off to process those other tomatoes. The ones not pretty enough to enter.
Yes, there are that many tomatoes sitting in my kitchen today. That’s not all, though.
A basket of goodies for my neighbor, who lets us borrow assorted items, like his ten foot ladder.
Just another Tuesday in west county.