Visiting a Country Produce Stand Makes My Heart Sing

Soon the produce stands will reopen and we will be able to visit often to find scarlet tomatoes, plump and delicious, sweet blueberries, and many more of our favorites.

I, for one, can hardly wait.

Okay, first things first. I know the title says Produce Stand and this is me preparing brussel sprouts. Talk about the horse before the cart...well, I had to upload the video ...did not want to put it on Youtube so that is why you see this video rather than a video of the produce stand.

You will see brussel sprouts and I will blab about them so you may get the connection or you may just go, "O, my. She has really lost it this time!!!"

(Maybe that was my intent---

just to give you a chuckle here at the onset.)

Plump Carrots Fresh From the Ground

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-Fresh fruits and vegetables have an allure to me perhaps as strong as dark chocolate and ice cream ....and that is strong.

The colors and textures and the aromas....they sail across my senses and capture me with their wily ways.

A few days ago, a friend and I (yes, I have ONE) went to lunch. And on the way home we took a back, out-of-the way road that lead to a tiny but very prosperous produce stand.

Situated right next to it were acres of strawberries and a handful of folks with bucket in hand were picking. Now, I like fresh, and all, but truthfully, after picking acres of berries all throughout my youth, paying the extra few pennies to have them picked, works for me. (Now blueberry picking is another story because I can stand up to do that but let me not digress. )

The tables were laden with green peppers, strawberries, of course, brussel sprouts, onions, squash, beets, kale, and plump, red tomatoes plus an assortment of other veggies.

Since I was not traveling to my home till many hours later and it was a hot day, I left those luscious offerings till the next day. My friend purchased what she needed as she was headed home.

Stalks of Brand New Brussel Sprouts

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Digressing a Bit...

Our land in Virginia was lush and perfect for growing the most delicious vegetables and fruits on the planet. The property not covered with plants giving us foods to enjoy was a field of blooms....such beautiful plants that often the local florist purchased flowers from Mother and most Sundays her flowers adorned the Baptist Church we attended. Actually I do not know how I got to be grown without being struck down by lightning because I broke every Baptist rule in the book like wearing shorts on Sunday or swimming on Sunday.

Not disparaging the Baptists....

I learned a lot of Bible lessons from those years but the resounding message was on of 'hell fire and damnation' and it haunted me when I left Sunday school each Sunday.

( I am mainly of the church of God and me...as I feel like we have it going on pretty good ---God, the Angels and me---but I do attend services at the local Episcopal church which I adore.)

But alas I did digress once again Back on topic now....Writing 101---stay on topic !!!

Three Sisters....the Little Dark-Haired One Became an Angel at age 9

Picking and Selling...

Those days when it was planting time, my job was not really to do much but be a kid. I did love to drop the seeds in the wells Momma had made down the long rows.

When it was strawberry picking time, I did get off school sometimes to help pick. If you know about these berries: 1. They need to be picked when they are ready or they will turn to mush very quickly. 2. They are offer a veritable smorgasbord for any birds in the area. So picking I did when I was not stuffing them in my mouth. Ambrosia....that is what they were.

My sister and I got to select some veggies and fruits to take down to the end of the lane to sell. We carted an umbrella, a small card table, old wooden boxes to sit on, and our produce---some of it in our hands and as much as we could fit in a wagon---down the quarter mile lane to set up for business. Sometimes we had to make two trips.


Most of our customers were out-of-towners from Richmond who came to fish, swim, boat, and generally relax. They would ooh and aaah over the fresh produce and say they could not believe we were selling them so cheaply.

About three in the afternoon, we would be dusty and pooped so we packed up our business and trekked home.

So vivid are the memories of the two little girls at the end of the road telling stories and laughing and joking till a customer showed up.

I can hear the oyster shells crunching under our feet as we made our way home.

Those really were the days....

Milo Likes Greens, Too!!!

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A Part of Who I am.....

Over the years, having a garden of veggies has been part of each summer for me. But not on the scale that I remember from those long ago childhood Virginia days.

This year I may be able to plant some late veggies hopefully but am not certain.

There is something about the whole process of growing plants be they edible or decorative that is part of who I am . So the title is not misleading at all...my heart truly does sing when I pass a produce stand. Those moments down the lane where childhood hides and gifts from the land abound.

Stalk of Brussel Sprouts

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Steam Them if You Wish

Actually you can steam these little babies in a small amount of water and get a tender dish to enjoy.

Steaming is said to preserve more of the flavor but for me roasting seems to work just as well.

Try either way and select which you prefer.

Why Eat 'Em?

Brussel sprouts are relatives of cabbages so is it any wonder they look so much like their cousins?? Cabbages grow up out of the ground...ever grown any?? Sprouts grow on the thick stalk as shown in the photos.


Sadly, the Brussel Sprout is said to be among the most disliked foods on the planet. They are one of those foods you either like or not.

We often joke that things that are good for us do not please our palate. For some that is true as mentioned above. Again, they are good for us and are sometimes recommended for digestive health

Need Vitamin C and Vitamin A? These are a great source. They also are sources of fiber, iron, folic acid, beta carotene, magnesium and selenium. Selenium is said to be among those substances that helps stave off cancer.

In the night the cabbages catch at the moon, the leaves drip silver, the rows of cabbages are a series of little silver waterfalls in the moon.

— Carl Sandburg

Close-up Showing Where Stalk is Cut

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Fresh Really are the Best

'Purchasing fresh brussel sprouts, still on the stalk, is the best way to purchase them.

They are tender and sweeter and all around much better.

I have had all kinds of others...frozen, 'fresh' in the grocery store, 'freshly plucked' at a produce stand, but the ones still on the stalk have that 'truly just from the garden' texture and taste' that is unrivaled.

Even if you think you do not like them, you may be surprised.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts Quick and Easy

1. Preheat oven to 425. Remove sprouts from stalk; wash

2. Pluck off any yellow leaves, rinse, cut in half if desired.

3. Place in a light bath of olive oil. Dust with salt and pepper.

4. Lay gently on parchment paper covered baking sheet.

5. Bake at 400 for 25 to 30 minutes; stirring at halfway point to insure they cook evenly.

6 Serve.


Prepping Sprouts for Cooking

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Sprouts Cut; Placed in Olive Oil Bath; Dusted with Freshly Ground Pink Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper

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Sprouts Gently Scattered onto Parchment Paper Covered Baking Tray

Baked till Crisp on the Outside Tender on the Inside (Dark Brown Pieces are Loose Leaves That are Mini Sprout Chips, Divine)

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The Earth's Offerings

Walking down the lane and onto the property in my mind's eye is akin to a wrinkle in time. As I move onto the lane, today slides away and the yesterdays of my youth come alive just that easily.

Crunching over the oyster shells, covering our shoes with gritty dust, greeted by the squeal of the gulls swirling above the creek in search of a morsel for dinner makes us pick up the pace a bit so as to not miss anything that might be happening at our home.

At the crest of the hill the property came into view. On the east side of the land was the chicken coop where many hens were pecking away hoping that soon I would come give them a handful of corn.

To the right of the lane were the acres of land in some state of being readied for planting...either newly tilled or just planted or better yet, near harvest time.

The aroma of the dark, rich loamy soil filled our nostrils whispering that these crops would be better than ever. And, most years we would say,

"This is the best corn I have ever eaten.

Have you ever tasted such juicy, sweet strawberries?"

Loving the land and all that it produced was something we children understood from our youngest years. The majority of fruits and veggies that we ate came from the land on our property. Land lovingly tended by my Momma and Daddy day after day, throughout most of the year. Come winter, a grand stash of frozen or canned veggies and fruits were on our table for meals that others could only dream of.

Steaming hot blackberry cobbler in December made from those berries I had to wrestle with the wasps to gather was an amazing surprise

That love for the land still remains. Some of my happiest moments are when I am working in the soil preparing it grow some luscious food or fabulous flower. And passing that love on to my grandchildren brings such great pleasure.

Produce Stands are not the ONLY thing that make my heart sing...




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pstraubie48 5 weeks ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Flourish...yes, Milo, would no doubt love to come with me if I would allow it when I go to the produce stand. Sometimes I go and may not buy anything that trip but am fascinated by the array of shapes and colors and new to me veggies I find.

Angels are on the way to you this morning once again ps


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FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

Those are some gorgeous vegetables. I love the photo of Milo. My cats love to help out as I water the vegetables or pick them. They also enjoy getting in the bags when I return from shopping trips just to check out what I've brought home.


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norlawrence 3 months ago from California

Thanks for great share. I love country fruit stands. Unfortunately the ones here do have produce that was grown local anymore. All the land around here is planted in orchards and silage corn. There is some alfalfa but most of that is now brought in. We do go over to the coast sometimes and they still have local grown fruit stands.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Rachel

I also visited produce stands in PA ...my sister lived there for many years with her husband and children. We often drove around and found the very best foods at such stands.

And I still shop there today. There are several very close, including the one above and there foods are always worth the trip.

Nice to see you again...hoping all is well with you.

Know that once again Angels are on the way ps


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Rachel L Alba 16 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Hi Pat, How did I miss this hub? I love it. We just were at a farmer's market in Wayne County in PA. They had all the veggies you showed plus more and canned goods and I got a jar of cranberry orange marmalade and apple butter. We got some fruit too. You made working at your stand sound like fun. The roasted Brussel Sprouts looks gorgeous and delicious. I loved the pictures of the three little girls and the one in the middle an angel now. Which one were you? I'm guessing the little one. I voted up an awesome and pinned it.

Blessings to you.


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colorfulone 18 months ago from Minnesota

Harvest season is a wonderful time. I know exactly how you feel about going to the country produce stands, and I am smiling from ear to ear just thinking it. Those photos of Brussels about drove me crazy for some and thankfully I do have some that are frozen, but not for long.


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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Suzette Kindred spirits are a good thing....I continue to go there at least once a week. NO more sprouts right now but many other luscious veggies and fruits.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps Hope all is well in Naples...hope to get down that way before too long....


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suzettenaples 19 months ago from Taos, NM

Well, I love brussel sprouts and I immediately got into your video. Thank your for sharing your knowledge with us. I don't care if it came first, middle or last, I just loved the video. Of course, I think my brain works like yours, so we are kindred spirits. LOL! I eat brussel sprouts a lot and usually steam them, but I am going to try roasting them. I never thought of roasting them - I don't know why I roast every other kind of veggie. But, I got some great ideas from this hub. Thanks so much!


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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for visiting, Aufait....it is fresh veggie time right now...and the blueberries are coming in right now..I will be stopping this afternoon to pick some as I head home from my daughter's house.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon...glad to know there are others who share love of fresh veggies.

ps


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Au fait 19 months ago from North Texas

My mother had at least an acre of strawberries in her garden and when they were in season we had them everyday. The excess were sold to local grocery stores. I love strawberries and vegetables of all kinds. Love, LOVE Brussels sprouts! They are among my favorites. It's so hard to have favorites when I love so many different veggies!

Voted this up, BAUI, pinned to AH and shared on HP.


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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Vellur Yes...the soil is lovely and the plants are happy happy growing within such healthy loamy soil. I am excited to plant more veggies soon as I will have more space to grow them.

Angels are on the way to you this morning...I appreciate your visit...ps


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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Mary for your accolades ....it was such a fun write. I wrote to another lovely person this morning that I was the little sister once again, there with my precious sister at the end of the lane, selling our goodies

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Mary...this was fun to write as are any hubs that I write that take me back in time. I felt like the little sister again at the end of the lane with my precious sister, selling our berries and veggies.

Angels are on the way to you...ps


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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes favored...I do agree...it is all about the soil. And we have some really lovely soil in our area so things love to grow!!!

I have not grown brussel sprouts either but I think I may just give them a go.

Angels are on the way to you ....thank you for stopping ps


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favored 19 months ago from USA

The soil is key and the East Coast has great soil. However, even the soil couldn't help my skills for growing carrots. Never got the hang of it. As for Brussel sprouts, I don't know why we haven't grown them.


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mary615 20 months ago from Florida

My compliments on your work with this Hub. The video is just great, and I'm so impressed with your photos!

We have great produce stands here where I live. I love to visit them, but I have to admit I do not buy Brussels sprouts; my family won't eat them!

Voted this UP, etc.


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tillsontitan 20 months ago from New York

I totally agree with Frank, this is certainly a HOTD. Patricia this is so well written and so much fun to read. You could almost call it "Ode to the Brussel Sprout", except that there is so much more here.

Your childhood memories are envious and your love of gardening so obvious! Your digressions are entertaining and interesting.

I too voted this a grand slam all the way!!!

Sending hugs and blessings your way.


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Vellur 20 months ago from Dubai

It must be great to have vegetables and fruits grown in your land. The produce will be fresh and free of chemicals. You must have a great time tending to the vegetables with your sisters. Great recipe, easy to make and nutritious. Thank you for sharing, great hub and voted up.


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Aviannovice Yes love this little stand. I am hooked. It is so reliable; foods are fresh and tasty every time.

Thank you for visiting Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Genna And I do go out of my way to go to this particular one. This is such a nice family and the produce is top quality.

Thank you for stopping to visit.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Genna East 20 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

As soon as I read this title, I was intrigued. Because I agree! I love fresh produce stands. It took my awhile to appreciate Brussels Sprouts, so I can understand the bad wrap that they often get. But I think it is knowing how to cook them, and well. Fresh is always better. Very interesting article. :-)


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aviannovice 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I smiled as I read this, for I cooked some sprouts last night. Sadly, I must get this at the store. I don't bother with cutting up the big ones, I just cook them for ten minutes, and eat them. I have enough for tonight, too. This brought back memories of the home garden when I was growing up. We grew these beauties, too, so I am quite familiar with the taste "right from the garden." Ah, nothing is finer than that garden...


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Lady G...I lived down off the Chesapeake Bay as a young girl. We grew some awesome fruits and vegetables there.

I now live in North Florida.

thank you for visiting

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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Lady Guinevere 20 months ago from West Virginia

I love Brussel Sprouts. I like to cook them in butter and add salt and pepper. I have a farm market where I live in WV. Where about do you live in Virginia. I used to live in Thormburg a long time ago.

I love seeing all the fruits and vegetable laying on table and we have bins, hug bins that have all kinds of different apples that they grow right there on the farm. It is a wonderful place to go. You can even pick your own there.


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for your visit.

I returned there yesterday and got a few more veggies and berries to freeze. I am so glad that my friend introduced me to this spot. It is an oasis for sure.

Angels and blessings are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for visiting, Marlene. I am so glad I found this little stand that is actually owned by those who raise the crops. The foods are fresh from the ground most days which makes them spectacular.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

The good news is eating veggies and fruits is important and good for us and they are YUMMY.

Thanks for visiting...I now visit this little stand once a week...so glad to have found it.

Angels are once again on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for visiting Alicia. It is such a fun place for me to visit that I had to jot down a few impressions and memories ...Funny what is so important now may not have been something I ever thought I would treasure.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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MarleneB 20 months ago from Northern California, USA

Great way to cook Brussels sprouts. "Yum-o" is the perfect word to describe your delicious dish.


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sgbrown 20 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

I have to say that I have never been a big fan of brussel sprouts, but this makes me want to try the again. What wonderful memories you have! Great hub here!


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stuff4kids 20 months ago

Thanks for such an entertaining and informative hub - moving, too. I adore fresh veggies and know what you mean when you say that growing, gathering and cooking them yourself is kinda part of who you are.

I don't get why folks dislike brussels sprouts - personally, I love 'em and your recipe for roasting them is exquisite. It certainly made my mouth water!

+++ Bless you :)


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi breakfastpop Woo hoo... a homerun? That is awesome.

I appreciate your visit.. I will be visiting the little stand today to pick up greens for some green drinks.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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breakfastpop 20 months ago

I love the video, the recipe and farm stands! You hit a home run!


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DDE 20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Eating veges is very important. I like the way you presented this hub with such great photos and a very helpful one indeed.


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AliciaC 20 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

I loved reading about your memories, Patricia. Your hub reminded me of the farmers markets which will open soon where I live. I love to visit them and buy fresh produce that the farmers have picked so recently. I like their Brussels sprouts as well as their other vegetables!


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I know Audrey ...but I was guilty of not liking them when I was a little bit of a girl. I do kind of think they have an acquired taste.

thank you for visiting.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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AudreyHowitt 20 months ago from California

One of my favorite veggies!!! So sad that they are disliked--


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for visiting Manatita..

I am hoping to grow some of my very own as it would be exciting to see the grow.

Yes my friends and I do have good times together...truly I am blessed.

More Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

That is so true...it is better than candy in a candy store and that's saying something. I like it when I get to hear other's speak in their videos too...it makes me feel even more connected to them....Sallieannstrouve

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi RTalloni

I am preparing some right now to take over to my daughter's this evening. I am liking them more and more; especially these fresh ones.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Frank

Thanks for your kind words. They really are not my favorite vegetable but I have grown fond of them. And these fresh from the stalk ones are so much better than any I have ever eaten..there is almost no bitterness to them.

I appreciate you stopping by Angels are winging their way to you this afternoon. ps


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

So good to see you this morning Peggy. Writing it took me way back as I said. I loved the planting and the growing and the harvesting...I did not have to do a lot but I was always over in the fields with Momma and Daddy as there was no place I would rather be.

My friends' families had no gardens...they were not into that whole 'growing thing' but loved the goodies that Momma and Daddy shared.

Thanks for the votes Peggy

Sending many Angels and blessings your way ps


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Peggy W 20 months ago from Houston, Texas

While Brussel sprouts may not be at the top of the list of favorite vegetables, your way of preparing them is wonderful. I loved every bit of this hub including your memories and even that video which made me think of going up in my grandparent's attic as a child and being fascinated with the things my grandmother had in her trunks. We also ate loads of home grown vegetables, etc. when I was a child. This brought back many memories for me. All the up votes except funny and will be tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing on HP.


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Shyron E Shenko 20 months ago

Patricia, I can relate to all of the, we did all those things on my grandparents farm. What memories the brought back, thank you for that.

Voted up, UABI and shared. SS


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manatita44 20 months ago from london

Great article on food and brussel sprouts. I like them and the nutrients that you mentioned are awesome. Selenium is cool. Keep on keeping on. Nice to hear that you and your friend can enjoy life.


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sallieannluvslife 20 months ago from Eastern Shore

Patricia!! What a wonderful hub! When I was little, I gagged on brussel sprouts every time I ate them and had to swallow them down with big, monstrous gulps of sweet tea, half nearly killing myself...but I must say, your beautiful pictures of brussel sprouts actually makes me want to go out and find some fresh ones to make and eat!! I love listening to you talk in your video and that you share so many special memories from your childhood! I can't wait for all the fresh produce stands to open, either....better than being a kid in a candy store!!


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RTalloni 20 months ago from the short journey

Thanks for sharing your visit and memories with us. A nice produce stand produces a lovely outing. :) I appreciate the chance to get to know Brussels sprouts better and see that I need to incorporate them more often into our diet.


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Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton

I don't eat Brussels sprout.. but i'll help prepare them.. I really never took the time to feel them out and here you are sining the words.. the videos were helpful and the photos also helpful.. this is a hub of the day type hub.. going to vote for it et al...bless you


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for your kind words, dear sweet Faith. It was such fun to write this as once again I was that little girl with her sister selling veggies. What fun that was.

I am so glad I made others feel the song that I feel when I spy a produce stand...it takes me way back every time I visit.

Know sweet friend that Angels are on the way thank you for the votes. ps


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Suzanne I had not ever seen them on a stalk either. Seeing them is really what prompted me to write this. I just thought that they are too cool not to share for everyone to see.

thank you for visiting.

Please know that Angels are on the way to you this morning

ps


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Suzanne Day 20 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Nice video! I have never seen brussel sprouts on the stalk and it was worth visiting this hub to see that beaut pic of them. Voted useful ;)


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Faith Reaper 20 months ago from southern USA

Oh, what a glorious hub here ... you have made my heart sing reading your words about your childhood and all those amazing garden vegetables and strawberries. That is one amazing stalk of brussel sprouts. All of your photos are great with everything so yummy and fresh from the country produce stand.

Woo, when you wrote about the blackberry cobbler, my mouth started watering!

I love the way your prepared the brussel sprouts.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Hugs and Angels on the way ...


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Tami...I agree. The little stands offer so many goodies for us to enjoy and they are healthy too.

I cannot wait to go back and get more later in the week.

Know that Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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Tamirogers 20 months ago from Seattle, Washington

I LOVE produce stands! It is one of my favorite things about spring! Where I live the Farmers Markets are in full bloom as well! Great hub, voting up!


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes they do vocalcoach And how cool is that...to have your own stand.

Our little stand that we sisters had was our pride and joy. We had such fun and most of the time did not eat all of the berries before we got them sold.

Thanks for visiting Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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vocalcoach 20 months ago from Nashville Tn.

As a child my patents owned a fuit stand along with veggies. Great tast comes from freshness. Your photos are making me hungry...beautiful. Up +++ and sharing.


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

The veggies are still pretty reasonable at places like this little stand and even at one grocery store in town that sells more fresh, locally grown produce than anywhere else in Florida.

O yes, a la mode...it is the best cobbler is it not?

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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always exploring 20 months ago from Southern Illinois

The best part of spending winters in Fl. were the produce stands. A basket of tomatoes ( 5 or 6 ) were one dollar. I was in awe! I can't think of any vegie that I dislike. I love them all and fresh is the very best. My mama made the best blackberry cobbler, of course alamode! I enjoyed your walk down memory lane, oh and BTW that's my first to see a brussel sprout stalk.


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Jackie I love cabbage too...I can't wait to get settled so that I can grow a variety of veggies.

I enjoy so much having fresh tomatoes to dine on during the summer. And I have to grow my own brussel sprouts this year.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes sir, Larry....how luscious they are...just go out into the garden and pluck the foods we wish to dine on. It is good for the soul as well as the rest of us.

Angels are on the way to you this evening. Thank you for visiting ps


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

me too Bill...I just more could know how satisfying growing our own foods is and how good it is for everyone in general. and yes I can tell you enjoyed it...we share love of the land and growing things in common.

It is always good to see you ...hoping you have a lovely week.

Know that blessings and Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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Jackie Lynnley 20 months ago from The Beautiful South

I love Brussel Sprouts and yours look delicious; I will try them that way, looks like fried cabbage which I also love!

I just got home from buying plants and seeds and thank God for another season of growing!

God bless you and your family and garden too. ^+


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Larry Rankin 20 months ago from Oklahoma

The only thing I like more than a produce stand is vegetables fresh from my own garden.


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billybuc 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

This is such a part of who we are as a country, you and raised that point with your personal history from childhood. I love veggie stands...I love farming...I love gardening...and I want more people to return to their roots and start growing their own foods. I think it is important that we get back to our roots.

Can you tell that I enjoyed this article? :)

blessings and a hug, heading your way

Bill


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I know. I am not a huge fan of it..it is not something I eat every day but I had to try this. I had never seen the stalk so was very fascinated by their appearance. And they really are quite flavorful much more so than the ones in the store.

Angels are on the way to you this afteroon. ps


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Clive thanks for visiting....it was a fun visit...I am very easily entertained.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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clivewilliams 20 months ago from Nibiru

Nice, the vegetables look really good srtrauby


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poetryman6969 20 months ago

While I can't say I am a fan of Brussels sprouts I do eat them. That stalk is an interesting looking structure.

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