I don't think I've mentioned the garden picture on my header yet. My grandparents live on a farm in the country and have one huge garden. I was lucky enough during my childhood to enjoy many summers worth of bounty. The strawberries were one of my favorites. I also loved planting and digging up potatoes and eating the green beans right off the plants. Once we found a potato that looked like a Mickey Mouse head. I took it to school for show and tell. There really is nothing like eating fresh vegetables and fruits right from the garden. The produce you buy from the store doesn't even begin to compare.
Anyway, we've made it tradition to go out every spring and help plant the garden. My daughter has helped since she was able to walk. Like me she also especially loves planting and harvesting the potatoes. (And, of course, eating them as well!) In the picture on the top of my blog you can see four generations working together spading the garden to ready it for planting. I took the picture last spring as my father, grandfather, daughter and brother were all working the soil.
I just found out that Hidden Valley® Salad Dressings along with Celebrity Chef Art Smith is holding a contest just for moms who love gardening and vegetables. It is called the Love Your Veggies™ Search for Veggie Champions Contest. Ten lucky moms will get to go on a two-day retreat April 28 and April 29, 2009 to learn all about sharing vegetables with children. Also, each of the moms will receive $5000 to give to their community for the purpose of starting or maintaining a community vegetable garden. There isn't much time left to enter: the deadline is Thursday, January 15, 2009. Check out the link if you're curious to learn more! My posts the next few days may be a little sparse because I am planning to enter. Our small community here in Wisconsin has plans for a children's community garden and winning something like this could really jumpstart that project. It never hurts to try, and I would love to share my vegetable passion with the kids in the area. Like I said, nothing beats fresh produce from the garden and the best way to get kids to eat vegetables is to involve them in the planting, caring and harvesting!
I also just have to add that my daughter really could be a poster child for Hidden Valley Ranch dressing. Just ask any of our friends or family! The daughter loves her vegetables, but when eating them raw she requires her special ranch Hidden Valley dip. Then she gobbles them down like candy. I happily oblige since it means she getting her daily servings of veggies!
Love Your Veggies™ Printables