Days like this make me sad that I had to drop out of the Master Gardener Program. (No regret, as I wouldn’t have been able to balance it with working at a startup, but it’s still sad that I can’t participate.) The yearly Spring Garden Market in San Jose is their biggest fund raiser, and they make SO many different varieties of veggies available. I also attended a few of the garden talks on things, such as growing and using stevia. I didn’t purchase any stevia, but I was curious how a home grower can process it.
The website says there were 106 varieties of peppers available – I bought 6. Sweet Carmen, Sweet Marconi Rosso, Sweet Apple, Chocolate Beauty Bell, Sweet Red Belgian, and Holy Mole (a type of pasilla pepper, to make mole sauce from, of course). Notice a trend? I love eating sweet peppers straight from the vine; sweet bells sliced up are pretty much my favorite snack, sometimes plain or with hummus. Also, the Chocolate Beauties will be great for stuffing.
I don’t usually eat tomatoes, due to a mild allergy to them when they’re raw, but I buckled and bought a Green Zebra, and Principe Borghese. I seem to be the only gardener I know with no tomato growing experience. The Borghese are going to be dried, as that is what they’re known for. I looove sun dried tomatoes on pizza. Apparently Alice Waters loves the Green Zebras.
I also picked up a few more ever-bearing strawberries to fill some holes in my ‘growin bags‘. Not only were the Master Gardeners selling plants, but they had local vendors there as well. I picked up some local honeycomb on my way out. When all was said and done, I spent less than the $35 in cash that I walked in with. This shows incredibly restraint on my part, as garden events are basically a candy store for me.