While I've been flower gardening for a while, growing fruits and vegatables is new to me. I originally decided to give it a try hoping it would encourage us to eat healthier and make us just a little more self-sufficient. I didn't realize the beauty of it, the delicate blossoms, the brightness of the fruit, the different shades of greens in the lettuce leaves. peppers and onions.
I especially love strawberry season. I can't wait for them to start showing up in the supermarket and at the local produce stand and farmers market each spring so I thought it would be fun to put a few strawberry plants in my produce patch this year.
I'm amazed at the difference in homegrown fruits and vegtables from the store bought kind. The color is more vivid and the taste just can't be matched.
I'm sure I don't have to tell you how much joy I get watching my grandkids picking them and popping them into their sweet little mouths.
Along side the strawberries, I planted radishes that they love to pull out of the dirt for their grandpa who will eat them right out of the ground. Against my better judgement, he convinced my three year old grandson to give one a try. His sweet little face went from joy to tortured in a split second. The hot flavor of that red radish only lasted through a couple of crunches before it made it's way into my waiting hand. It seems that one of the joys of being a grandma is being the recipient of any food tasting that doesn't meet the approval of the taster.
One of the less talked about perks of grandmahood, for sure. You know, I still wouldn't trade it for the world.
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