Here Is Some Of What We Grow

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  1. Don Alaska

    Don Alaska Very Well-Known Member
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    We grow almost everything that can be grown at this latitude on this side of the world. Here is a picture of my wife organizing her display at the Fair a couple years ago. She leaves most of her flowers at home.

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    Looks good!

    I like different colored carrots.

    I like her vest also. :)
     
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    @Don Alaska Only recently, I became aware of various colored Cauliflower, other than white. Have seen purple and green, and wonder if purple signifies higher antioxidant content, as in other vegetables.
    Frank
     
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    I'm going to start buying frozen fruit for smoothes. Pitted some fresh cherries for a smoothie. What a mess. Also peeling a mango is quite a mess. Gets my hands all messy. Frozen fruit should be easier to handle.

    And there is no farmer in my DNA. Back when I was young and poor, I tried to have a vegetable garden, year after year. Really the only thing I've been able to grow is a mustache.
     
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    It does, @Frank Sanoica. The purple cauliflower also doesn't need to be blanched (wrapped) to keep it white. There is also yellow/orange cauliflower with carotenoids. My wife doesn't like the green stuff so well, so we stopped growing it, although we used to grow it. I think the green in the picture is Romanesco, which is sometimes listed as a cauliflower and sometimes as a broccoli. I think it kinda looks like a light green tumor, but it is one of my wife's favorite veggies. At our sales, people used to think the purple and orange cauliflowers were weird and didn't want to try it as they believed that it was somehow spoiled. In recent years, we sell out now that folks know what it is.
     
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    Oooh that's quite a lot of fruit and veggies, good thing your wife can sell the surplus.. or does she grow to sell?
     
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    We used to sell at the farmer's markets, but when we had children at home, we ended up shorting ourselves to sell to others...so we stopped. Recently, with the kids gone, we sell at one August sale and sometimes at a local farmer's market. You do realize that the photo is just a display of some of what we grow, not the total harvest, right? Our local fair rewards people who set up displays of things that are grown on their farm, and we get the produce back. Carol (wife) makes in the neighborhood of $200 for displaying the produce every year if she chooses to set up two display (sequential).
     
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    WoW so it's a win win situation for you as a family?
     
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    Yep. We grow much of our own food. When I was able, we also had livestock, so meat and milk (and milk products) were also on the "table".
     
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    The royal family grow all their own food ... and along with doctors to attend to their every ailment immediately...I do believe that all the organic and carefully grown food, is what keep them living long lives and more importantly very active mentally .. hopefully the same will happen with you and your family Don
     
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    I just had my daughter walk around the house and take some pictures. We have not had rain in a month everything is dry Bread fruit.jpg CoConut.jpg Mango 1.jpg Mango.jpg Rulo 1.jpg Soursop.jpg Sweet oranges.jpg Tangerine 1.jpg Lemon.jpg Sour orange.jpg
     
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    Sorry the names did not show up Bread fruit , Coconut, lemons, sweet oranges, sour oranges, mango some weighing 4lbs sour-sop, tangerines, rulo something like a banana but can stand it dry, We also have mansana de oro [gold apple] Mansona de oro.jpg photo
     
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    @Martin Alonzo
    What wonderful fruit, and to be able to raise it yourself! I envy you! All I have is Pomegranates, Figs, and a few Oranges!
    Frank
     
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    I planted some and others just showed up from throwing out seeds, I am forever getting rid of Pomegranates as they show up all over.
     
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    WoW...you ,must barely ever have to buy food at all....fantastic
     
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    We cleaned out our "big" greenhouse this morning. It has been down to at or near freezing (at night ) for over a week now, and my wife is tiring of us having to go over and start a fire in the stove every night to ward off the cold. We moved some basil and one eggplant over to the "new" smaller greenhouse that has automatic heat in it. As the weather gets colder, we will move or harvest that greenhouse as well since it is too expensive to heat it all winter. Some of the herbs will get moved into the greenhouse that is attached to the house and kept there until it too gets counterproductive, at which time most everything will get harvested and processed in some way for the long winter. We still have stuff in the gardens, too, but my wife has promised two of the grandsons that they could help dig potatoes and such, as their family didn't grow much of a garden this year and they are out moose hunting with the family until this weekend. We are hoping to go for a day trip tomorrow through a mountain pass before the snow makes it difficult. No snow here yet, but you never know....
     
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  18. Holly Saunders

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    Oooohhh enjoy your trip tomorrow @Don Alaska . Through the mountain pass... sounds like something from a movie... ''don't go cussin' yer horses too loud ya hear... you don't want no avalanche!!
     
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    Sounds like something from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. If I get any good pictures, I will try to post them. We have several mountain passes nearby, and some are closed in winter.
     
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    Thanks, @Holly Saunders!
     
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    The Chilkoot Trail!
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    Yeah, can you imagine walking that and having to carry 1000 pounds (I think) to the top. It took several trips to the top to get the amount of supplies required by Canada for entry over the Chilkoot. Eventually, they put in a railroad and all that was relieved. It was called the Golden Staircase.
     
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