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A Blue Ribbon Day

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Persistent. That would be my efforts to do well with my vegetables at the county fair. I have learned quite a bit, over the years.

Finally, a ribbon for my heirlooms. Second place there. Almost to that elusive goal I set when I first submitted two Brandywine tomatoes. This time it was the lovely black cherry tomatoes grown from the plants I purchased at the farmer’s market, from Love Dove Farms.

But, the big news. THREE blue ribbons. Never have I been that successful. What have I learned? Consistency in size. Blemish free and classic shapes. Unique herbs like the bay leaf from my plant on the patio. Okra, which not many people grow, and I was lucky to have seven pods bright and shiny. The San Marzanos finally started pumping out pretty red tomatoes.

I didn’t expect to do this well. It makes it all worthwhile, weeding, watering, sweating during the warmest days.

Today we celebrated. Had a soft shell crab sandwich from the JB Seafood tent at the fair, followed by a relaxing visit to the beer garden. Manor Hill Farmhouse Ale.

We will be at the fair many more days this week. It’s one of my favorite weeks in the summer.

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.

3 responses »

  1. Congratulations! Really well done.

  2. Wonderful! Congratulations!! 🙂


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