After reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver and Michael Pollan‘s The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben), I decided to plant a vegetable garden.
I don’t know the first thing about gardening. I did plant rosemary a few years ago and put it in everything I cooked that year. Still, that’s the extent of my knowledge.
Well I went to Valley View Farms in Cockeysville, Maryland and bought:
- 4 varieties of sweet peppers (Big Bertha, Early Sensation, Purple Beauty and Valencia)
- 4 varieties of tomatoes (Radiator Ray’s heirloom Mortgage Lifter, Lemon Boy, heirloom Yellow Pear, Grape)
- 1 bunch of yellow Granex hybrid onion
- 3 summer squashes (Raven, Yellow Straightneck, Peter Pan)
- 1 thing of Silver Queen Corn (which seemed to have lots of plants in it)
- 1 artichoke
- 1 Crimson Sweet watermelon
- 1 Superstar muskmelon
- 1 Burpee hybrid cucumber
- 1 Bambino hybrid eggplant
- Genovese basil
- Tuscan Blue rosemary
- garlic chives
- and a few other things.
I’d also like to get some strawberries, raspberries, and asparagus but apparently you have to buy those earlier in the year?
I don’t know what got into me. I suppose reading about Renewing America’s Food Traditions: Saving and Savoring the Continent’s Most Endangered Foods by Gary Paul Nabhan also had an influence on me.
Wish me luck!