C.L. Fornari is a writer, professional speaker and gardening expert who is dedicated to creating successful home gardeners and landscape professionals. She hosts GardenLine, a weekly radio program streamed online by WXTK, is the author of several books, and joyfully gardens on Poison Ivy Acres on Cape Cod.
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Notes from My Garden

A Foodie’s Garden

zephyr squash blackbean cakes

These summer squash and cornmeal cakes made a tasty meal with fresh garden green beans and salsa. I softened cornmeal with some warm water, then combined that with the grated squash, black beans, cilantro, and two beaten eggs.

If you’re a foodie and you’re not growing vegetables I have just five words: what are you waiting for?

OK, maybe I have more than five words, because if you aren’t growing your own, you’re missing out on some seriously good food. We’re talking about freshness and flavor here, not to mention organically grown. These are things I know that you are familiar with and value, so let me recommend a few veggies that I think will transform you from a run-of-the-table foodie into a food-lover who gardens.

If you’re planting vegetables you’ll want to start with one that’s really a fruit: the tomato. Although there are many great tomato varieties to grow (and I encourage everyone to grow several) these two are my must-have types for flavor and fruit production.

Virginia Sweets is a bi-color tomato that has been the most delicious and reliable producer in our gardens for the past four years. The fruits are large and the plants prolific. Virginia Sweets are flavorful: great for eating raw, of course, but also tasty for making yellow gazpacho, or golden tomato sauce.

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