First batch of photos from yesterday's Farm to Fork Fondo - Garden State. Thanks to everyone who made the trip to cap off a phenomenal 2018 season! We'll see you all again next year!! FarmToForkFondo.com
Lodgings secure, we head over to the beach at the west end of Golden Gate Park. After riding 1000 miles of shrouded, misty coastline, days that began and ended with fog, we are finally witnessing our first sunset over the Pacific Ocean. It’s a magnificent, golden moment! Standing ankle deep in the tidal sands and foam of the chilly Pacific, under brisk windswept skies, we are triumphant travelers.
We’ve conquered the continent, pedaling our overburdened rigs from the Garden State to the Golden Gate, from tax day to Labor Day. It has been a grueling, sometimes crushing and dangerous journey. Despite our marathon achievement, we have come close to the edge many times, somehow managing to urge each other on with a few words of encouragement, to push a little further.
Last pick of the season this weekend. This year’s garden was bittersweet, to say the least. My garden has always been my outlet for stress relief, as frustrating as it could be sometimes. I had to leave my little raised garden behind when we moved last fall after years of building it little by little.
I was sketching out my spring planting layout for the new beds the week Artie died. A task I’ve done every winter in preparation for spring planting, a task he always hated because I would spend weeks planning and researching crop rotations, growing methods, and new varieties of seeds to try. Yet every time I’d ask, he’d begrudgingly help me add new compost, hold boards together for me as I screwed a new bed together, or would wrangle the dogs when they were trampling through all the fresh dirt. It drove him nuts, but he knew I loved it and did it anyway.
Artie died on the LAST day of winter, in typical Artie fashion. His beloved sugar snap peas and broccoli never got planted that week, nor did anything else for that matter. That spot sat barren until mid-June, well after most seeds could still be planted. & while my garden was not nearly as planned, I trudged ahead and built my beds and planted a few plants that would survive the summer heat. & next spring, I will plant his beloved sugar snap peas, baby spinach, and broccoli for him, even if he won’t be here to see it. #raisedbeds#GardenState#gardeningforgrief#missyoulikecrazy @artiedelcampo215 @nikijabbour
Today I represented Pure International at the South Jersey Pumpkin Show Festival at the Salem County Fairgrounds. I had the privilege of once again judging the Little Miss and Mister Pumpkin Show Pageant. What a great afternoon!