Noah’s latest brainstorm, “Grandma is getting kind of old but that’s ok… She can still love me.”
Noah’s been hanging around Grandma a lot lately. He will come out to the lettuce patch while I’m cutting, lay over my stooped back, wrap his arms around my neck, and just keep talking.
He joins us while we are transplanting. If Grandpa is driving, Noah is up on the tractor, behind the steering wheel, doing all the steering while Grandpa keeps track of the two ladies on the back, stuffing baby plants into the ground.
But when Ryan is driving (Ryan is a really good driver for a town kid), Noah is not allowed on the tractor. Sometimes, he will ride up on the plant shelves, but when the shelves are full of plants, he perches on the back of Grandma’s seat and leans against her, back to back. Or sometimes he will straddle the back of my seat and wrap his legs around my shoulders. He has the will so he finds a way to ride along, talking all the time.
And Grandma? She just tries to absorb and appreciate the feel of such a nice little boy against her body, his clear voice as he fills the air with his jabber. It’s not really jabber, it’s full conversations. And if Grandma doesn’t answer his questions and fulfill his need for talk, Jill is sitting besides us, her hands also busy shoving baby plants into muddy soil and Jill knows what to say!
And Grandma tells Noah, “Grandma really like to farm but farming with two little boys and their mommy, Ooo la la! That is the best kind of farming!”
Bread Break picks up all our left over vegetables and distributes the goodness to organizations providing food to the hungry. Mike would like to try collecting some vegetable plants. “Everyone can find a bucket, put in some dirt, and plant a tomato. They surely will get something!”
But I think our left-over plants are coming home with us to feed the compost pile. The organic pots and organic dirt will be nice additions to the pile, especially since our pile is non-existent this year. I spread every bit of compost we had over our tomato field, into the hoops houses, and throughout the brassica rows.
Bread Break collected almost 10,000 pounds of vegetables and bread from Falls Park Farmers Market in 2014. That’s almost five tons! Five tons of the freshest, most nutritious vegetables in town! Hopefully, our veggies fed the hungry. Nourishing Sioux Falls.
Little boys nourish grandmas.
Alissa & Nathan Van Zweden, Alissa’s Flowers
Falls Park Farmers Market, Sioux Falls:
May 3 to October 25
Saturdays 8 am-1 pm