Monday, September 09, 2013

The Week that Was....Minus the Vegetables



We spent last week filling one of the freezers with vegetables. As cold as the mornings are now....sweatshirt weather, and making me contemplate the  back-to-blue-jeans thing....I think we had better spend this week working on the other one. We are sure going to have a lot of summer squash if nothing else.



 I found a monstrous neck pumpkin yesterday. I grew it from seed I saved from one that was given to us last fall. If it didn't somehow cross with a gourd, rendering the result inedible, we are sure going to have winter squash as well. Good stuff!



If all remains the same, we are planning a large family garden next year. The kids have been trying to farm my garden plots for themselves, but they don't have the time. They do have the tools though, and I have the time, so if we all work together it ought to work out. 

With every news story I read about Chinese chicken etc, I become less enamored of buying anything we can possibly grow. I used to have gardens that supplied every vegetable that we ate, except maybe potatoes...I am not the world's best potato grower. No reason, with some young blood for the hard work of getting the ground ready, that it can't happen again.

And here is a story to make you think, if you are paying a premium price for organic food.

Turkey vulture

4 comments:

Ruth said...

I've been buying more and more local. It may not all be organic, but at least I know where it comes from.....I don't really want to raise chickens, but I keep thinking about Muscovy ducks....course, I'd have to keep the dogs off them, which might be the biggest issue after keeping the wild-life off of them.

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

So true, I learned a lot about big organics doing the bookkeeping at the soil testing lab near my house. The big companies just send in samples of product for pesticide testing...if it only has a little residue it goes in the baby food batch, more than a little it goes into the regular product batch.

Unless you're buying from someone you can see face to face, organic is a waste of money because it is not usually much different than it's conventional counterpart.

thepoodleanddogblog said...

Our super market offers organic food at a premium price. I'm waiting (and waiting) for any study that shows it is worth the price.

threecollie said...

Ruth, organic is a turn off for me, but local.....even local as in grown by the families of local Amish folk in Pennsylvania...that I like

Nita, so few people realize that the big, trusted, organic brands are for the most part owned by companies like Kellogg's and Pepsico..

Jan, haven't seen anything scientific so far.