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When I think about my parents’ hobbies and special interests, what comes to mind first was dad’s vegetable garden and mom’s canning. The gardening always started in the early Spring by tilling the soil with compost. It always included plum and Big Boy tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons, and a variety of squash, etc. Our parents taught us the proper caring and work ethic required to assure a good crop. Here is a picture of dad showing off his harvest. We always looked for odd shaped fruit, and you may notice a strange-looking eggplant. 🙂
Our family tradition continues with Jenna learning the importance and responsibility for always knowing the source of our food and the importance of sustainability.
Our family tradition of canning or preserving is a legacy as well. It was always a treat to have fresh Jersey tomato gravy throughout the winter. Pictured below are a few of my mom’s relish and pepper jars that were kept as a reminder of this tradition.
Today, Jeff is preserving the legacy by creating Heirloom seed libraries. He has also taken an active role against GMOs in our food supply, while Joe is preserving mom’s legacy through his work in his church, often making meals for large groups of kids.