Thursday, March 17, 2016

Champion Collection of Vegetables

The 2016 local show was a chance to showcase our produce. Plates of apples, pears and berries were in the fruit section. Tomatoes of all colours and varieties, pumpkins, squashes, beets, onions, marrows and lots of others were in the vegetable section. Brown and white eggs and potatoes have their own parts of the Dairy section.

The most valuable award is the 'Champion Collection of Vegetables' - six distinct varieties, two of each. I entered capsicum, eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini and squash. The advantage of gardening at a lower altitude than most entrants gave me the edge and the award was won.

This year I also won the 'Collection of Apples', the overall winner of the fruit and the vegetable sections and between three of the kids they won a junior section and the encouragement award.
One daughter won prize money in the Junior Cattle and Junior Grain competitions. Two came home with show girl sashes and two won events in the horse events. 
Plenty of smiles, prize money and an endorsement of the lifestyle of being homesteaders.  

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