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It’s blizzarding today.  It’s beautiful, but it’s late winter.  I’m ready to stop shovelling snow and to start eating the mache in my garden that germinated last fall but is now hidden under snow. 

High Mowing Seeds, a Vermont-based seed company that is unusual in that it only sells organic seeds and grows much of its own seed, has offered its Garden Starter Organic Seed Collection as a giveaway.  I’m a customer there.  I buy some of my favorite things from High Mowing, including a tiny tomato called ‘Matt’s Wild Cherry.’

How to win?  Tell me what you are most looking forward to eating out of your garden in 2011 and why.  Best answer wins. We’ll keep the contest open until 9 am Thursday, March 3.

Posted by

Michele Owens
on February 25, 2011 at 11:41 am, in the category Eat This.


  1. I am really looking forward to peas this season. My son’s favorite vegetable is peas (he’s 1 1/2) and it’s going to be so fun growing the peas with him, teaching him about gardening and then being able to eat our bounty together! Can’t wait for this snow to hurry up and go AWAY!

  2. I’m growing cucumbers this year, and I’m going to attempt to pickle them. So, depending how my pickling efforts turn out, I’m either really excited to eat some pickles, or to learn I can’t pickle and instead eat the cucumbers!

  3. I am looking forward to fresh, just picked, still damp with dew or warmed in the sunshine raspberries. I’m trying 5 canes in containers this year, and I CANNOT WAIT for them to get here. Just the texture of their seeds, the ease of picking them, and the feeling that I’m growing something exotic in my backyard is enough to set my head spinning. Please warm weather, return soon! I need my little bit of garden porn back….

  4. I can’t believe I have to write this but zucchini! Last year the striped cucumber beetle {my nemesis} killed them all before I had the chance to participate in leaving zucchini on my neighbor’s porches. Hoping for an abundance of them this year.

  5. Days with snow on the ground in Seattle make me crave August, when almost every dish I’ll make will have tomatoes or basil. I’ve finally gotten serious about growing tomatoes, and have built a little cold frame for an early start. I even carefully read the catalog descriptions this year, and ordered early producers and blight-resistant varieties to arrive in April. Now all I need is some sun!

  6. My spring greens! This year I am growing pansies for my spring salads. We enjoyed the edible flowers last summer , so we are trying pansies and johnny-jump ups for our spring salad. -roberta:-) no more snow here in the midwest would be nice so we can enjoy our early salads as soon as april!

  7. Nobody can see it yet, but me. I have worked from spring to summer last year removing blackberries and gravel from our yard, re-grading, and building retaining walls and raised beds. This is my first garden. What looks like a mud pit to everyone else is my green paradise waiting to happen. This year will be my first attempt at growing vegetables, and I am nervous and excited to see what happens. I would love to have something to help me get this started.

  8. I love sweet corn. Its such a short season crop regardless of the variety grown. Sure I can but it at one of the local farmers markets but there is nothing like coming home from work, setting the kettle on the stove and running down to the vegetable garden. I let the cats out so we can bond while I pick some corn. I clean the cobs in the garden and jog back up to the house to get those cooking. A bonus is fresh tomatoes to accompany that corn. You think Matt’s Wild Cherry is good, try Mexican Midget! I work at an artisan bread shop so I just need a fresh baguette to have a great repaste!

  9. Here in Montana I’m SO looking forward to eating Fortex and Maxibell green beans, lots and lots of varieties of tomatoes, broccoli, beets, carrots, potatoes, onions, brussels sprouts, and winter squash – love, love LOVE my winter squash. Do I have to pick just one? These veggies and fruits grown by us are so much more nutritious for us than that boring store stuff – that’s my “why”. Who says you can’t grow a huge, wonderful garden in Montana???

  10. Carrots and green peppers. Every year we add
    something my little ones don’t think they like. I have one who
    doesn’t eat carrots (but eats most green veggies), and another that
    is not fond of peppers. When we grow ’em, they usually eat ’em’.

  11. watermelon.
    Because my 4 year wants them and even though the ground is now covered in snow she is already talking about them. I can not wait to get them started for her. And me, who doesn’t love watermelon?

  12. Rhubarb! Its been years since I have eaten it, and have been dreaming of it since I planted it in my garden last year. I’m soo excited to introduce it to my husband as well who has never eaten it before.

  13. Yummmmm… Sweet corn! Last summers joy was sweet corn. The chickens thought it was the best crop too. They would crowd all around my feet when I went to pick the plump ears of corn. They know I’m a soft touch and they would get their own ear to share. Who could resist a little friend standing on your foot looking up at you with such chicken hope in their eyes?

  14. Red Currant Tomatoes! I had them in my garden last year (gift from ‘Friends of the Garden’, State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens) and they were wonderful. A prolific producer with sweet fruits – just the right size to toss a handful in a salad, every day for months.

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