Veggie-growing Takes Center Stage



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — “From Kitchen Garden to Kitchen Table” will be the March 11 event during Women’s History Month at the Southwest Harbor Public Library, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

This West Tremont kitchen garden includes Hungarian hot wax and jalapeno peppers that are used fresh and also are pickled. Landscaping cloth and straw mulch are used to help keep weeds under control. — SWH LIBRARY
This West Tremont kitchen garden includes Hungarian hot wax and jalapeno peppers that are used fresh and also are pickled. Landscaping cloth and straw mulch are used to help keep weeds under control. — SWH LIBRARY

 

This is an opportunity to hear and share experiences, tips and passions about home vegetable and fruit growing and preservation of the harvest. Although the panel members all will be women who live on MDI’s west side, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the gathering, ask questions, and join in the discussions and the pickle/preserve tasting.

Whether it’s called the kitchen garden, vegetable garden or victory garden, the plot of ground used to grow food for a household has had a long history which Mary Jones will speak about to lead off the evening. The other women gathered for this panel represent a variety of ages and backgrounds and will lend their perspectives to exploring topics such as: What did our grandmothers or mothers plant in their garden plot outside the kitchen door? What do we plant today? How did they decide when to plant and where? What were their and our favorite varieties? How did they preserve the harvest and what do we do with ours now?

The evening will conclude with a pickle tasting and recipe swap. Event attendees who have a favorite pickle/preserve to share from their 2009 harvest are invited to bring it.

This event is free and is presented by the Women’s History Project Committee of the Southwest Harbor Public Library as part of Women’s History Month. As part of the monthlong celebration, the committee is collecting non-perishables and money to assist the Westside Food Pantry. There will be a drop-off box at the library during the month or you can speak to a librarian to donate money to Westside Food Pantry.

For information, please call the library at 244-7065.

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