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.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

photos of switzerland

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I'm just back from a vacation in Switzerland and have photos of vegetable gardens and the Saturday morning Farmer's Market. Photos of the Farmer's Market in Basel Switzerland are here. Basel is located in the northwest corner of Switzerland, along the French and German borders. There was an amazing variety of local produce. Truly amazing. We filled our bags with food to make a delicious Easter dinner.

Though Basel is at a more Northern latitude than us here in Boston, the weather is much warmer. The lilacs were in full bloom there, and these have not even leafed out here in Belmont yet. Our Belmont Farmer's market won't open until June 9! But in Basel, the market had lots of new potatoes, new garlic, fava beans, white and green asparagus, broccoli, lots of greens and herbs, etc, etc.

I haven't ever seen baby garlic at a market. We bought some and it was great. The wrappers hadn't begun to dry at all and the cloves were quite small still. We could just slice and eat the whole head without peeling the cloves.

The potatoes on the stands were mostly a little white variety with buttery flesh. Very good!

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Blogger Mark Willis said...

One of my daughters lives in Ferney Voltaire, France, just across the border from Geneva. When I saw your photos I thought at first that they were of the market in Ferney, which is obviously very similar to the one you visited. A Foodie's paradise, no less.

April 28, 2011 8:11 AM

Blogger Green Zebra Market Garden said...

That's interesting about the baby garlic. I'll have to try it this year!

April 28, 2011 9:01 AM

Blogger Vanessa said...

Wow that market looked great, I loved the wrinkly tomatoes. In Cincinnati we have farmers markets, many of which have only recently started, but we don't have as much of a selection from vendors like the cheese as this market did. I am very jealous of your experience!

April 28, 2011 9:59 AM

Blogger Sara Caldwell said...

Jackpot! I am going to switzerland in August and could use some tips! We are looking for foodie things to do, any tips?! PS I'm new to gardening and just LOVE your blog!

April 28, 2011 10:20 AM

Blogger RN said...

Oh, my. The photo of the cheese made my mouth water.

April 28, 2011 11:32 AM

Blogger Rachel said...

Look at all that CHEESE!! I've never been to Switzerland but I would love to go.

April 28, 2011 3:07 PM


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