As the wristbands illustrate, we hit the Living Green Expo and Friends Plant Sale today. The hybrid bus ride between the two was convenient. We took in the Expo exhibits, a workshop, and then thought it would be good to check out the plant sale for the “special item.”
I should explain that I had previously called numerous places to see if I could get the “special item” that my grandpa used to grow. So, when we actually got to the plant sale and saw the sold out sign it was a minor let down. Then we went to check on the Meyer Improved Lemon tree. It was listed as a substitution citrus due to a crop problem in Florida. But on finding the lemon tree, it was not labeled as Meyer Improved, and I was told it was the regular Meyer. That’s not a thorn in my side, but I didn’t want to deal with the literal thorns of the regular species, so I passed it up. Strike two. Then, a boy drove a cart into my knee and narrowly missed hitting mutti on the way to the exit. Oh, but it wasn’t all bad. While at the rare and unusual plant area I got to talking briefly with a volunteer about the “special item” that was sold out. He suggested I look at local co-ops. Honestly, it had not occurred to me to look at our local co-op for this. On the way home we found they were under our noses all along – the Jerusalem Artichoke, or Sun Choke. That was a subtle pun, but no doubt we’ll be updating on the growth, flowering, and subsequent devouring of these potato looking tubers.