time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy
food." ~Frank A.
Today we harvested carrots
from our very first vegetable garden!
For our ten-year old, it wasn't really a chore because he could see the
rewards of his hard work and had fun digging up carrots in
different shapes and sizes. We each started at one end and
met in the middle. It was a bit competitive, as we saw who
pull out the biggest or strangest carrot. We got started in
morning, before it got too warm and wore long sleeves and pants because
of the insects.
The younger boys weren't very
interested until we showed them how
many carrots there were. They really enjoyed loading the
and carrying carrots from the garden to the porch. The kids
liked finding strange-shaped and "twin" carrots.
What a fun and educational
experience for the little ones.
Our children now understand that food is not simply something
buy at the store. It takes hard work, time, patience, and
to grow food. Even our very picky four-year old ate some of
carrots for dinner! We
harvested about 80 carrots from
our three little rows and for a cost
of about a dollar. They are tasty and nutritious, of course.
like the fact that we grew them ourselves and know they are fresh, free
of pesticides, and didn't ride across the country in a truck for a few
Our broccoli plants are
starting to bloom. They are
huge-about three feet tall!
Our okra plants are bearing fruit, but it isn't ripe yet.
some bright red tomatoes!
bought a vacuum sealer to freeze veggies for the
the ends off and thoroughly scrub the carrots (I prefer
to leave the peel on, because it is very nutritious)
into small slices
the carrots - Place in boiling water for 3-5 minutes,