UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County: Spring Garden Market 2010
History San Jose, San Jose, California
April 10, 2010
The Master Gardener website has a special Bonus webpage with all the documents, handouts, plant lists, planting tips and a unique Success with Herbs booklet that describes growing, harvesting and using the 15+ herbs sold at the market: http://mastergardeners.org/SGM-Bonus
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- Future Farmers of America
- Crowd lined up -- first people arrived at 6:45 a.m. for the 9 a.m. ribbon cutting
- Cole Canyon Farm sells vegetable starts and herb plants at farmer's markets around the county
- Last minute prep
Collins leads the seeding, up-potting and caring for the ~15,000
tomato plants grown this year (79 varieties) for the Spring Garden Market sale, the April 17th sale at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden and for the MGs pre-orders. More info on the April 17 sale is here: April 17 PADG Sale
- Not only the first customer, but the first for several years in a row
- Tomato plants await the crowd waiting for the ribbon cutting
- Hamming it up
- OK we're ready
- We got our laundry baskets
- MGs make it happen
- Plants are still there
- Last peaceful moments
- It was a chilly morning but several hundred people waited patiently, reading the tomato and pepper descriptions and making lists. Some people loved that we offered 17 herbs this year and went straight to the herb tables, visiting tomatoes and peppers after that.
- Crowd inching forward
- Jane and Michael Cohen, Co-Leads
- Looking over tomatoes towards peppers
- 3 ... 2 ...
- Red jacket is on her mark
- Thai eggplant I think
- Chile heads
- Somehow he stacks the boxes 3 deep
- 5 minutes in
- That one!
- We know people won't wait until May to plant
- Dual purpose wagon
- The first half hour is bustling and then after that it's just busy
- Just getting started
- Another 5 minutes in
- Reading the description
- "Did we decide on Stupice or Kootenai?"
- Lots of kids
- MG Advisory Board President Dan Johnston caught red handed
- Statue of Tomato
- Somehow people don't buy just 2 or 3
- 15 minutes in, the crowd is heavy
- First customer
- OK where's the checkout ...
- Avid cooks
- Dogs eat tomatoes too
- They bought 900 plants for school kids to grow at a 1-acre plot at a church
- Jef took Amtrak from Oakland to San Jose for a Black Cherry Tomato. I just hope he saves seeds.
- Food for the Soul chef, her husband and little boy (junior chef) - Food for the Soul is her business. She teaches gardening classes and cooking classes in people's homes.
Last modified: April 11, 2010