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Jan 6, 2010
When I was a little girl I used to sit on the back stoop with my great-grandmother and shuck corn or shell peas in the summer. They were usually gifts from neighbors’ gardens—a bounty too large for them to consume on their own, so they shared. And what they shared tasted so much better than anything we could get in the grocery store. I think that’s probably truer today than it was back then.

Big farms tend to grow fruits and vegetables that travel well because they have to be trucked across the country, or even from one country to another, and they’re often picked before they get ripe so they won’t go bad before they get to us. Fruits and vegetables ripened by the sun taste better than ones that aren’t—just try some and you’ll see!

Right now there’s snow on the ground, so growing something green and tasty in the back yard is a little trickier than it is in the spring and summer, but our chickens, which we got at the end of the summer last year, are flourishing and are laying eggs at an awe-inspiring rate in spite of the low temperatures and lack of daylight.

And I have to tell you, those eggs taste better than any eggs we’ve ever had before! They’re smaller than what we’re used to getting in the grocery store, but wow are they full of flavor! Just look at this picture and you’ll see the difference. The egg from our backyard chicken is the one with the dark orange yolk.
Our chickens (we have four—Wiggles, Chickadee, Peeps-a-Lot, and Gladys) have a two-story coop, with their nesting boxes upstairs, and we let them roam during the day, which gives them the opportunity to vary their diets the natural way. They love to eat bugs! Their shells are thicker than the eggs we get in the grocery store, and they’re as fresh as can be. The eggs they lay are better for us and our chickens lead a much better life than chickens raised for laying supermarket eggs.

They’re pretty entertaining too. One of our chickens likes the buttons on my jacket and pecks away at them while I rummage around for eggs or fill their feeding troughs. They also talk to us a lot, clucking loudly when they want us to visit with them or give them some food.

Have you ever grown food in your back yard? If so, how did it taste?


  1. samantha said...

    Ive never tasted it befor lol if you can explain what it taste like if its hard too explain thnen never mind.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:50 AM  

  2. Bailey said...

    ive grown food before! love sitca animals!

    February 2, 2010 at 9:01 AM  

  3. Anonymous said...

    I'm 13 years old. My fave chartor is Ruffy. He sells root beer.So he is a badger and bagers are cool animals.Also this story teaches kids that they can grow food to. So as you can see. I love fresh food. I never did it but i love fruits veges anything.Also sometimes smores.Also i live life by helping others.So i should win.Plz and thank you.I love animals even tigers bears anykind .Is fine with me. :}

    February 6, 2010 at 3:03 PM  

  4. mommyto4 said...

    i'm growing veggies in my back yard right now!!although the only thing that we have eaten so far is eggplant.which is sooo yummy!!we had it with eggplant parmesan.i dont know if you have ever ate that ,but its very tasty!!

    February 6, 2010 at 10:00 PM  

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