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ENJOY CAROLINA TOMATOES!

 

The first annual PALMETTO TASTY TOMATO FESTIVAL will debut in the capital city on Sunday evening, August 8, 2010, from 6PM to 9PM. Continue reading for all the juicy details……..

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In the South, nothing quite says summer like a fresh tomato sandwich. I was able to enjoy this treat every summer as a child growing up in East Tennessee. The sandwiches were loving prepared by my paternal grandmother and I could have enjoy one any time her tomatoes were in season since my grandparents lived next door.  Grandma was an extraordinary gardener and cook, as were all her relatives and lady friends. Her summer kitchen was always filled with red ripe tomatoes. There was something magical about eating those sandwiches, with the luscious tomato juice dripping down my chin.  My little sister and I enjoyed them with glasses of ice tea, while sitting in the midst of grandma’s beautiful, wild backyard garden. If you don’t have a garden to serve tomato sandwiches in,  I promise they will taste just as delicious standing over the kitchen sink. 

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           Update: Thirty-three vendors attended Sandhill Farmers’ Market this week. 

Wyatt and Sam Rennick sell Sweet Southern Kettle Korn

 

The sweet corn and okra are fabulous so don’t miss picking some up next week. The peaches and blueberries are ready; blackberries are finishing up. Look for cabbage, beets,  potatoes, all varieties of summer squash, cucumbers, green beans, eggplants, okra, peppers (banana, hot, bell-green or purple). Local ripe tomatoes, snap beans, cantaloupes and honeydew are ready. Shelled lima beans and peas are also for sale.

A variety of beautiful squash from Conyers' Farm Produce

 

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Garden Radishes

 

Business is good at area soup kitchens. Sadly, it’s too good. The recession is putting unprecedented financial strain on the lives of many underemployed. Many of our low-income seniors lack the financial resources to maintain a healthy food supply. Children who depend on school lunch programs may go hungry during weekends.

  

  ~PLEDGE, PLANT, HARVEST, DONATE ~

If you are a passionate gardener, why not share the fruits of your labor and help feed the hungry by donating some of your crops?  The South Carolina Department of Agriculture has partnered with the state’s Master Gardener Associations in support of the Plant-A-Row for the Hungry campaign to benefit the Harvest Hope Food Bank.

 

Plant-A-Row is a ‘people-to-people’ program that connects home gardeners who grow extra vegetables and fruits with people in our community in need of nutritious food.  Planting vegetables is a thrifty and smart choice for gardeners and the extra produce will make a huge difference for those in need. Even a bundle of fresh herbs is a welcome addition because it can add great flavor to foods and provide some nutrients as well. 

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