Yes, that tomato is mooning you.
More importantly, I grew that delectable red Plantae in my very own garden right here in Elgin.
Spurred by an appetite for fresh veggies, a tight budget and a general love of being outside and in the dirt, I dug my own little backyard food patch this summer. This is the second year in a row I have flexed my green thumb and I'm proud to report that it produced several dozen healthy tomatoes, sweet dumpling squash and peppers as a result. My herb garden, on the other hand, petered out pretty early in the summer.
Where you can find fresh fruits and veggies this fall, besides Katie's backyard, after the jump.
As I collected what I believe will be my final tomato crop this weekend, I wondered how many other area gardeners were savoring the final fruits of their labor, too. And I wondered where I could go to collect fresh produce when my little plot ran out.
After some quick checking, I'm happy to report that the following will be selling farm-fresh onions, tomatoes, pumpkins, squash, eggplant, corn and other fall favorites through October:
- The Green Market in Geneva
- Randy's Vegetables & Greenhouses in Sleepy Hollow
- Goebbert's Pumpkin & Farm Market in South Barrington
- Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch in Hampshire
- St. Charles Farmers Market in St. Charles
Did you garden this summer? Tell us what you grew and send us pictures of the fruits of your labor to (Between the Bylines editor Emily McFarlan, and we will post them on the blog later this month!/strong>