Sunday, August 16, 2009

fresh from the farm

I am weirdly fascinated by several things.
One of my fascinations is with farm life.
Now don't get me wrong. I KNOW I don't have what it takes to be a farm wife. I like all the modern conveniences that come with living within city limits. Like Wal Mart. And paved roads. And fast food.
But I thoroughly enjoy reading about other farm families.

This book was one of my summer reads. And yeah, one of my other fascinations is with memoirs. Kind of like blog reading. I like to read about other people's lives.

I wish I enjoyed gardening. Or could raise chickens in my backyard. But that's just not me. I'm way too lazy for physical labor.
So I have to settle for grocery stores. And more recently, farmers' markets.
After living in Kansas for 35 years, I went to my first farmers' market last week. My friend, a very seasoned organic shopper, showed me the ropes.
It was so much fun.
I came home with a watermelon, cantaloupe, onions, corn on the cob and green beans. Snapping those green beans really brought back childhood memories.

And speaking of home grown vegetables, one of my former students paid me a visit before school one morning. Last spring, my students planted seeds in tiny plastic cups. We watched their seeds sprout and then they took their little seedlings home. Well this little boy took extra special care of his seedlings (or more likely, his mom did) and planted them in the ground. His seeds grew into cucumber plants and his plants produced several cucumbers.

He shared 3 of his cucumbers with his former teacher. I was thrilled. And they went perfectly with my farm fresh green beans!


  1. I shoulda known it was Trace! What a cute picture!

  2. Way to go Trace! I didn't know you went to a farmers market, how cool!