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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

MISS BETTY'S FALL FARM STAND

MISS BETTY NEAR HER FRONT DOOR WITH PUGSIE, HER DOG OF MANY YEARS.
Farm stands come in all shapes and forms. I found this Halloween decorated stand in Kirksville, Kentucky. The owner, Miss Betty, lives in this very small town and has lived in Kentucky all her life. Her porch and side yard have been transformed into a working farm stand She is an avid grower and a lover of animals especially of dogs. I talked with her recently about her vegetables and what is involved in growing them. She told me that she grows her vegetables, mostly by seed, down the road at a nearby farm. She mentioned that this year was a good year for her vegetables -- tomatoes, a few the size of softballs and lots of everything else she planted.

MISS BETTY'S FARM STAND ON HER FRONT PORCH
In the photo above one can see the main road that winds through Kirksville past Miss Betty's home and farm stand that sits right next to the road. Above sits her small pumpkins ready to go home with someone. One sits on an old handmade Kentucky oak splint chair from the turn of the 1900s. Next to the oak splint chair is another chair that is a vintage front porch type.

SOME OF THE GREAT SELECTION OF VEGETABLES THAT CAME FROM MISS BETTY'S GARDEN
More of the abundance from her garden.

BEAUTIFUL FRESH SWEET POTATOES!
Three bushels of sweet potoatoes sit in old fashion bushel baskets.

THE LAST OF MISS BETTY'S TOMATO AND CUCUMBER CROP
Fresh tomatoes still for sale in the middle of October! I picked out four to take home with me -- delighted to find them fresh from a garden. She said this is the last of the veggies for the season.

Her favorite tomato that she grows is called "pineapple." I told her I was unfamiliar with that name. She mentioned that she saves the pineapple type of seeds from year to year. Her other name for the pineapple tomato is one she made up -- "yellow stripy."

Always makes for an interesting day to find a true gardener that is dedicated to growing. For Miss Betty she also has the pleasure of selling some of her produce.


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