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Vermont trip

Had a quick visit to Stowe, Vermont this weekend.  It was so cute there.

I was recently inspired by the book Animal Vegetable Miracle, so I thought it was just perfect that we had local Vermont beer, chicken, bacon, eggs, milk…and Morroccan clementines which stood out being so far from home.  It did not make them less delicious, though.  I’m really excited to bring boyfriend back to Vermont on Wednesday and show him all the cuteness.

Truck with eyelashes (middle):

I bought this book: Crockett’s Victory Garden at an estate sale.  It is organized by month starting from March and going to February and it lists what you should do in that month (plant, transplant, fertilize, start seeds, etc.) I  am really excited to read it and I want to learn everything in it. This is the picture of the book that I took in the car.

When we were in the condo at Stowe there was a conversation about eggs, and where they come from.  I will break it to you gently, the answer is they come from a hen’s butt.  I am told they are really dirty when they come out.  That’s enough about that. I was thinking about how much my father knew about farming (a lot) and how it seemed odd that a bunch of “city slickers” were coming to the country for one night and discussing how much we know about chicken butts.  It made wish my dad had lived longer so I could ask him about these simple questions about growing food and raising animals.  And I wish he’d had a different attitude when he was alive.  Because I think I remember him talking about events similar to my chicken-and-egg conversation and ridiculing the yuppies for talking about the things we don’t know about. If only he could have seen that the reason we talk about them is because we want to know more, and we only know how to learn from each other.

Inspiration 1

Feeling inspired by Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.  It reminds me of this bookexcept without the trial-and-error aspect. It was published later but seemed more relatable.  Maybe because I didn’t read AVM very closely. But where were the failed projects & chicken predators? Animal, Vegetable, Miracle was a book that intended to be inspiring, and it worked.

I looked at CSAs, since I’ve failed at plants many times before.  Then I remembered Boston Organics, where we didn’t really like the food, since we only eat a few types of vegetables.  We eat: 25% frozen peas, frozen peppers, frozen spinach, 20% green peppers, 20% onions, 5% seasonings (basil, garlic, ginger & scallions), 20% broccoli, 10% tomatoes (fruit?),  <1% arugula, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, & brussels sprouts.  That’s it for our vegetable consumption.  I’m impressed that it’s over 10 different vegetables & seasonings. I thought it would even be less than that.

Let’s just say that a drastic change would probably result in another fail, which is not what I want.  Know thyself and all that jazz.

Since we’ve had vegetable-related failure (Boston Organics and my poor homegrown plants), and because our palates are not open to diversity, I decided to go to the farmer’s market next year rather than getting a CSA share. Also, I’d like to buy some seeds and give it another go. My next idea is to go to the farmer’s market when it starts again in the spring.  And maybe plant 1 or 2 things more than last year.  My plants last year weren’t a total fail.  The successes were 2 pepper plants (1 even grew an edible pepper) and two giant basil plants. The tomato plant did okay but a hungry worm got the only tomato.  And the garlic grew more in a basket in the kitchen than it did in the dirt.

I found some planting calendars here, here, and here.  One of them seems to indicate you can start tomato seeds in mid-February. That’s only 3 months away, can you believe it!