Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Days Gone By: Market Gardeners, 1905

Who can resist the plentiful displays of the state's finest examples of produce? The Minnesota State Fair is THE place to see it all: the state's largest pumpkin, longest green beans, and newest apple varieties, among other delicious prospects. I love that in 2012 this link to the state's agricultural roots is still very present. It doesn't matter if you own acres of farmland or whether your "farm" is a pot on your windowsill (or eve if your produce experience taps out at picking the finest cucumbers at your local supermarket); Minnesota -- and the Minnesota State Fair -- has room for produce admirers of all varieties.

Perhaps it's my appreciation for current Minnesota produce that draws me to the photographs of agricultural exhibits from years gone by. This photograph, featuring the 1905 bounty of the Minneapolis Market Gardeners Association, looks just as delicious 106 years later and in black and white as I'm sure it did to the visitors who walked these pathways before us. And now, I'm off to find myself a nice, juicy Minneapolis-grown apple -- all those baskets of beautiful, lush local produce are making me hungry!

Photo courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

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