Jul 25

We grow vegetables.

For the past several years we’ve raised a large garden and sold our produce right off the farm.  We have a couple of signs at the end of our driveway letting folks know we’re open for business once again.

Marv is the business namesake, hence – Marvin’s Gardens. Although he gives a ton of the credit to me, he’s the force behind the efforts. He tills the soil and does the bulk of the weeding. I’m the main picker and seller. The kids help (occasionally!) with watering, weeding and shucking the peas that go directly into their mouths.

We love when we get large quantity orders to fill such as this morning’s. The Padua Pub does at least one – sometimes two – pork chop and sweet corn feeds every summer.  Their first is TONIGHT, Wednesday night, July 25, serving from 5-9 pm. They buy our vegetables to serve as part of their meal. My weekend consisted of picking cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, beets, turnips, cabbage and onions. The refrigerator in the Little Red Shed was busting at the seems to hold everything. 
Doing the garden thing is a lot of work (especially on the back!) but the rewards are pretty amazing. We eat good. We have a lot of nice folks that stop in and buy our produce. My freezer and pantry get stocked with good stuff to last us all winter long. And, there’s lots of thinking and praying time as one ambles down a row of green beans picking all the way, one five gallon pail at a time.


Rita Meyer is married and the mother of four children age 17 and under. She and her family are members of St. John the Baptist Parish in Meire Grove.

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