Thanksgiving might be months away, but locals are showing gratitude every week this summer. Hot temperatures have boosted some vegetables and bolted others, but local farmers market finds are confirming that the eating is, indeed, good.
For a look at how well 4-H foodies are spending their summer, spend an hour or two at the 63rd annual La Plata County Fair this week. Better yet, be a part of Blue Ribbon Fun by entering the competition.
Theres an open class for crops, vegetables and fruit. Home gardeners, listen up. Todays the day you get to strut your stuff. Pick up a sharp knife and head to the garden. If you have a fair book describing specifics and rules for entry, thats even better. If not, you can still get one from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the La Plata County Extension Office, the same hours open to enter crops for judging.
If you are a home gardener, you dont need a fair book to enter. You just need to take the time to pause, reflect and enjoy your gardening efforts. Its educational when you can share that satisfaction with others by entering. Kids can enter, too, and theres arguably no better reward than for kids to share a horticultural sample of what theyve nurtured from seed to plate.
Theres a lot of ribbon-winning in the floriculture division as well, so posey-growers, if theres a beautiful flower in your garden, nows the time to pick it. Volunteers from local garden clubs will be at the fair between 2 and 6 p.m. today to help you complete your entry and display your home-grown prize.
Karen Brucoli Anesi