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Behind the scenes and lessons at Jones Family Farms in Shelton, CT

Grow a Garden

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It is 9:00am. I was planning on writing and posting this yesterday, but I ended up falling asleep a mere hour after getting home! The intention was a short nap–which ended up lasting twelve whole hours. It’s been a hectic week.

Right now it is raining, but the past two days have been absolutely fantastic. Friday was cool and clear, the perfect setting for our Grow a Garden themed Farmers’ Market, and yesterday was a tad overcast but without the humidity that sometimes accompanies that sort of weather.

If you haven’t noticed already, Fridays are my favorite days of the week because of the Farmers’ Market we hold in the Harvest Kitchen courtyard. Why? While it’s a combination of a lot of things, but they all seem to intertwine–it’s hard work, but we’re helping develop a culture of people shaking the hand that feeds them. This past Friday has certainly been the best (so far, at least!). As part of the Grow a Garden theme, we opened up the Harvest Kitchen Educational Garden and invited guests to come up and explore the veggies–I was there as the Garden Expert to answer any questions about how things grow, the best ways to cook them, or really anything that piqued their curiosity.

Right now I am in the middle of a book entitled Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and I will talk a little more about that at a later date, but I thought I’d leave you with this little bit: “Local food is a handshake deal in a community gathering place. It involves farmers with first names, who show up week after week.” Looking back on days like the couple previous make me well up with pride.

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