2019 Newsletter 22- Easily Distracted by Plants

2019 Newsletter 22- Easily Distracted by Plants

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As many of you know, I grew up dirt poor. Being dirt poor wasn’t so bad because we made the best of what we did have. One such example would be the apple orchard next to our garden. It had a mixture of trees: pear, plums, cherries, and crab apples. It sure helps on the food budget when you have your own trees!
I ate a lot of fresh cherries and plums growing up with my two brothers. It wasn’t fun picking crab apples, but they are just great when pickled and my mother made the best! We ate pickled crabs all winter long.
Our apple trees were older and provided just the right amount of branches and height for climbing. I had this special apple tree that I could climb way up in the canopy and just hide out.
There was a spot where four branches formed a square. I spent many hours in that spot sitting, watching, and being part of nature. You can just imagine the thoughts of a small boy as he dreamed.
Today, it is time for you to go out and plant a tree so someone, someday, can have a spot to dream in.
Signing off until next week,  
Saturday, June 8 10am-3pm
What is green and goes to summer camp?
A brussel scout
What is small, red, and whispers?
A hoarse radish
Strawberry Tomato Salsa
Try this sweet twist on a spicy dish! You can serve it with chips for snacking or spoon it over a chicken or pork entree.
  • 2 pints of cherry tomotaoes, quartered
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 8 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt to taste
In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, strawberries, green onions, and cilantro. In a small bowl, whisk oil, vinegar, and salt; gently stir into tomato mixture. Refrigerate until serving.

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