things are really happening in the garden right now, lots of the veggies are reaching full ripeness while a few others need some more time. that isn't such a great thing, given the 52 frost-free growing days per season here in zone 3 are pretty much over for this year.
it's not exactly that Mediterranean climate that i love so much , as one would expect to find in Provence or coastal California.
nonetheless, we have managed to get rid of a big patch of lawn in the front yard and put some food on the table at the same time. at some point along the way, i decided that i was going to enter some of our 100% organic* produce in the 95th annual Routt County Fair, held at the beginning of august of this year.
some might think it would be foolish for a city boy to step up with the old-timers and compete in this seriously hardcore agricultural region... especially in only the 2nd year of the garden project. they would probably be right.
anyway, here's what the judges awarded:
from top left: Jen's single color sweet pea flowers grabbed numerous palmares including 1st Premium (blue), Champion, and last but not least Grand Champion. her 3 color mix took 1st Premium and Champion as well. oregano 1st Premium, opal basil 1st Premium, Thai basil Champion, dried sweet pea entries with their ribbons, yukon gold potatoes 1st premium and Champion, hot Thai peppers 2nd Premium, and last but not least, the garlic. that took 1st Premium, Champion, and Grand Champion which along with the points scored by the peppers, vaulted my entries to Grand Champion of Division C.
(some of the herbs and flowers look a bit tattered because they have been cut for almost a week now. just sayin').
that made me pretty happy, to say the least. it was even better than helping judge the cookie and brownie entries. i had to do a 4 hour ride afterward just to work of all the excess butter-fat calories and big, sufferin' glycemic spike.
read more about that event here, if ya haven't already. (scroll down past all of the cutesy stuff)
*DISCLAIMER: Jen's Grand Champion, prize-winning sweet pea flowers are juiced to the gills. all of the edible stuff is 100% organic goodness.