Thursday, September 10, 2009

raiding the tomatoes

this is my mom and me raiding tomatoes out of my brother david's garden last weekend. this so makes me miss living in the country with a big random country garden. even the dilapidated old shed in the background makes me feel nostalgic. as a kid my parents had a huge garden filled with every kind of vegetable -- tomatoes, leaf lettuce, onions, green beans, peas, potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, beets, sweet corn. we also had a separate garden with only strawberries which we sold at a stand out by the road. close to dinner mom would send us out to the garden with orders to pick whatever veggies she needed for dinner. i recall many rotten tomato fights this time of year when often you'd find more rotten tomatoes than good ones. of course, we did a good deal of the manual labor -- planting, weeding, picking, digging. it was a kind of labor i found most satisfying, always ending with the reward of a basket of goodies to enjoy or an organized, weed-free area. getting back into the garden with my mom filled my heart with joy!

9 comments:

lori vliegen said...

what great memories! getting all that dirt under your fingernails never felt so good, i'll bet. and with such a fabulous bounty, it's worth all of the work!! enjoy your tomatoes! :))

mystele said...

lovely post, julie!

Martha Lever said...

Hi Julie,
This is also nostalgic for me also. My daddy had a huge garden in the way back of the yard and I loved going down there with him and picking the tomatoes and corn and beans and squash and.... I miss those days! Long ago and far away...

The Vintage Sister said...

Wow Julie, that garden is amazing! I can't imagine how much work goes into a garden that size.
Our tomatoes are finished and I'm so sad. No more tasty sandwiches with a big slice of tomato...oh well, there's always next year.

By the way, the photo in your new banner is amazing!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

At least it was your brother's garden;) Nothin' like a home grown tomato, is there!
Karla & Karrie

Christine said...

what a healthy wholesome childhood, I'm sure it helped make you the person you are today.

Betsy said...

Wonderful memories! All of the summer rains have made my tomatoes grow extra big...so nice!

Liss said...

This makes me dream of having a big garden. I have found memories of helping my dad in the vegetable garden and growing tomatoes

...mmm... said...

ahhh. happy times. I loved picking tomoatoes when a boy. So fun.