This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, October 12, 2009

the 2009 Topsfield Fair

A beautiful sunny day. I think this is where all of New England was on Sunday. Crowds. Fried food. Roller coasters. And giant pumpkins!

I grew up in Topsfield and always went to the Fair, but haven't been in years. It was fun to reminisce. I used to enter lots of veggies in the 4H division - way back when. Here are lots of photos:

Topsfield Fair 1 Topsfield Fair 35 Topsfield Fair 25 Copy of IMG_2730
Topsfield Fair 36 Topsfield Fair 24 Topsfield Fair 33 Topsfield Fair 34

The Poultry Barn:
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Topsfield Fair 7 Topsfield Fair 5
Topsfield Fair 4 Topsfield Fair 2

The Vegetable Barn:
Topsfield Fair 13
Topsfield Fair 14 Copy of IMG_2691
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Do these tomatoes have a bit of late blight???
Topsfield Fair 18

Topsfield Fair 10 Topsfield Fair 9
Topsfield Fair 11 Topsfield Fair 12
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Topsfield Fair 16 Topsfield Fair 17


Blogger miss m (InfG) said...

I thought for a second there was a late blight competition ! lol. It looks very much like LB.
The carved pumpkins are amazing ! Fairs are just the best and this one looks fabulous.

October 13, 2009 8:18 AM

Anonymous Farmer John said...

Wow, I wish we had and old fashioned showing of vegetables at harvest like this here! Thanks for sharing.

October 13, 2009 12:03 PM

Anonymous Gardening in Zone 9 said...

That giant pumpkin is scary looking and that little girl seems to agree with me!

October 13, 2009 12:26 PM

Blogger Karen Anne said...

Are those pumpkins or some kind of squash in the photo with the white and yellow squash at

They're a very lovely subtle color for pumpkins.

October 13, 2009 6:31 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Karen Anne,

I believe those are Long Island Cheese Pumpkins, named because they resemble a wheel of cheddar. They're supposed to make great pies. Some catalogs list them as a pumpkin and some as a squash. They are c. moschata.

I was disappointed the tags didn't identify varieties at the Fair. These squashes were entered in the class "Squashes and Pumpkins", homegrown in Ipswich MA and the growers name is listed, but that's all the tag said.

I'm thinking this may be a nice variety to try next year. Its almost the same color as Butternut Squash.

October 13, 2009 7:16 PM

Anonymous nadia said...

I love these photos! super fun!i wish i could jump into the photos and be there :)

October 13, 2009 11:28 PM

Blogger Thomas said...

Kathy - Ha! We were at the Topsfield Fair on Sunday too! Luckily we got there right when it opened. As we were leaving, traffic was backed up all the way the to highway and the police were asking cars to turn around. My favorite part of the fair is always the animals.

On a side note, I noticed that sometimes when I click onto something in your blog, I get a pop up. Last time, I got one on how to make money blogging. I'm not sure if it's my computer but it only seems to happen when I'm on your blog.

I will be posting some pics from the fair as well!

October 14, 2009 12:09 AM

Blogger It's me ...Mavis said...

Yes, those are Long Island cheese pumpkins... I grew three of them this year and they are wonderful in pies. Love the squash pictures :)

October 14, 2009 9:18 AM

Blogger alice said...

This posting took me back some 40 years to when you and I ran around this always knew your way around and I'd get lost. Great photos!

October 15, 2009 1:34 AM

Blogger Dan said...

Great shots, looks like a fun time. It must have had a ribbon for the blightest tomato :-)

October 15, 2009 2:03 AM

Blogger Matron said...

I just love the county fairs at this time of year! So colourful! I particularly like that laughing carved pumpkin!

October 20, 2009 12:46 PM


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