Shandeh wrote:My parents grew most of our food in a big garden. We had to help plant it, cultivate it, harvest it, and prepare it for Mama to can and freeze it. I remember walking down our long dirt street, stepping into the garden, and picking a tomato off the vine. I would then carry it inside, wash it off, and slice it up. Then, I would get two pieces of bread, spread them with Dukes mayonnaise, and cover a slice with tomato, sprinkle it with salt and pepper, put the other slice on top, and eat it.
Tomato sandwiches, and cornbread & buttermilk are still my favorite foods today.
My parents were much the same. They were both raised on farms and were practically self- sufficient for food. Nothing went to waste. My sister and I Grew up in the city, but our parents found friends on farms who let them plant huge gardens. We were never done weeding and spent many Saturdays going out to tend that garden. Then there was all the shelling peas, shucking corn, canning peaches and tomatoes. We used to cut blanched corn off the cobb, put it in little plastic baggies, inside waxed cardboard boxes and then freeze. That was before Ziploc!
M'y kids today love to pick fresh tomatoes and make tomato sandwiches. I'm glad I passed down that tradition to them. There is nothing like à juicy, vine-ripened tomato! Now my mouth is watering!