Admiring the garden plots at County Farm Park, I assisted a gardener with the community hose. She warmly thanked and invited me to help myself to her beautiful garden vegetables. She introduced herself as Dawn and introduced me to Marcella and Ge, working close by. Dawn and Ge, obviously proud of Marcella, explained that she was the guardian of the locally treasured heirloom tomato seeds and Project Grow’s Master Gardener. I was humbled, serendipitously thrilled to meet the woman entrusted to protect our local tomato lineage progeny
You too can meet Marcella (pictured left & Ge pictured right) this Saturday at the Farmers Market where she will be sampling her heirloom tomatoes. Be sure to check out Joan Bailey’s articles about Project Grow in annarbor.com. Her blogs regularly provide details about Project Grow and their scheduled events.
If you’re not growing your own, it’s not to late to reserve a plot next year. No time for gardening? Don’t fret. The Farmers Market will always provide you a taste of Michigan sun and soil every Wednesday and Saturday. Pick up some locally grown lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers while you’re visiting Marcella on Saturday. My July 27th dinnerFeed for Balsamic Lamb Chops, also available for purchase at the Farmers Market, would be an excellent and simple accompaniment to the salad bowl. The salad vinaigrette and lamb marinade use similar ingredients. For tips on making the perfect vinaigrette, go to dinnerSeeds: locally grown on dinnerFeed. You’ll find it with my Farmers Market video blog.