Fire Mountain Garden Exchange


A Return to Our Fire Mountain Garden by Editor
July 8, 2009, 11:57 pm
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It’s the 4th of July, I hope we are all savoring the history of our Nation and the remaining freedoms we have.

We returned last month from a vegetable eater’s delight, time spent in Southern France. The local daily public markets were the scene of some of the most extravagant displays of produce. Every day in some local village there is a farmer’s market where one can purchase the freshest of vegetables. Lettuce the size of soccer balls, beautiful onions, peppers, carrots etc. Each stall seems to vie with the others for the most beautiful display. We thoroughly enjoyed fresh salads every night.

While in France we had the good fortune to stay for two weeks on a family farm in Provence that was just starting up an organic produce venture. Our hostess was an American who landed in France in the 70’s and decided she liked there. She and her daughter are raising tomatoes, lettuce, cukes, mescal and some other leaf crops. I read the “Omnivore’s Dilemma”, by M. Pollen and the Barbara Kingsolver book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”. Both works are very suitable to read on a farm or in your yard while looking at your veggie garden.

We came home to find much to our pleasant surprise that the Vista Farmer’s Market has matured for the most part into something quite comparable to the fresh produce sections of French and Italian local markets. There is a price to pay for local fresh organic produce, but also a great benefit, for us as consumers and as supporters of local farming.

We also returned to find weeds in the garden and a slew of green tomatoes. The beets were ready to put up and the onions and garlic ready to pick, we had our first Early Girl two days ago. Even though I plant a lot of Heirlooms, I always have a couple of Early Girls and San Diegos so I can have the joy of brushcetta in July. It was, however, weak year for apricots though, please share your experience and suggestions on this one.

So what’s new this month? Remember that we here in Oceanside are now on a City mandated watering cycle. You may have noticed that many of our neighbors had ripped up lawns and have planted cactus and succulents. It is something for all of us to consider. Another interesting option is offered by the organization called ‘Food not Lawns’ . They aren’t hiding their agenda, which is if you are going to water; put it on something you can eat.

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