I snapped a few photos of my parents huge garden/small farm on Saturday. It’s kinda fun to compare them with this post from almost exactly a year ago. My mom has almost everything planted, and my dad’s been attacking the robust, early-summer weeds. Unlike last year, I’ve barely helped out at all this spring, so I can’t take any credit for the beauty. The kids and I have, however, been taking advantage of the first ripening peas, those gorgeous heads of butter lettuce, and some plump zucchinis.
On April 7, my mom was rushing through some landscaping in a parking lot, trying to get to her volunteer shift on time when she tripped, put her hand out to break her fall on the sidewalk, and broke a small but important bone in her left hand (the scaphoid). She’s had her forearm in a cast for over two months since, and though she’ll hopefully get out of it soon, the whole experience has put quite a damper on her busy schedule. Though many of her usual activities (baking, swimming, rowing) have been off the table, she’s been making an impressively good show of gardening one-and-a-half handed. I mowed my parents’ lawn about once a week for six weeks (which takes about 3 1/2 hours to get through it all and according to the pedometer app on my phone is between 10 and 11 miles of walking), but my mom is insisting on doing it herself again now that her hand is healed enough not to hurt when jarred by the mower. She is one tough lady. That’s for sure.
Because of the break, my mom has only been present at the Corvallis Saturday Farmers’ Market sporadically in the last two months. She missed last week, but she’ll be there on Saturday with snap peas, basil starts, chard, zucchini, garlic, probably some lettuce, and maybe some of our rhubarb and eggs. It won’t be a huge display, but she doesn’t want all her customers to forget about her.
Looking ahead, there will be an awful lot of food produced in this garden for us as well as for farmers’ market customers. I sure am excited to see and eat all the bounty.
parsley and lettuce
a few unripe blueberries on Oven and Earth’s one bush
a few new strawberry plants and lettuce
red butter lettuce