We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I can't go crazy with the tomatoes again this year. Last time, I could have filled a 55 gal. drum with what 4 plants produced. We ate 'em all, but still. Peppers, maybe some beans this time. Gotta fertilize the rhodies, too.
Never realized how really delicious freshly pulled beets can be until we planted them in our garden in Milwaukee. Really gorgeous sweet flavor. A gracious plenty of melted butter, salt and pepper and you're there -- close to culinary heaven.
Corn? My grandfather used to grow it where I grew up in MA. Spoils you for life - anything you don't pick and eat on the spot pales in comparison.
Also strawberries and watermelon. The strawberries used to be more of a 'special event', with their limited season. Now they're shipped in from California all year long. But I think a lot of them are made of Styrofoam.
Here in Jersey we have Killer Tomatoes. Wanna make somethin' of it? http://www.killertomatoes.com/mainFlash.asp
Here in Florida we have a tomato with that real old time "this is really a tomato " taste..it's called an Ugly tomato because it has wrinkles and doesn't look like an apple.
Well the Fla Dept of Agriculture or Committee on Tomatos or some such government bureaucracy won't allow the farmers to export them because they "don't look nice" You be the judge. Is this too ugly for export?