Wishetwurra Farm had a very good year at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society’s 154th annual Cattle Show and Fair. Of thirty-two vegetable and horticultural entries, thirty won prize ribbons, ten of which were first prize. We’ve written previously about the honorable mentions, thirds, and seconds. We now turn our eyes to the winners, on the top level of the MVAS podium.
Some say that success in life is attained just by “showing up”.
We may have been the only entry for blue hubbard squash.
Blue ribbon chard? We’ve had far prettier chard in the past. One year we were disqualified, because we brought the plants still in their soil. The category instructions plainly say “in water”. Oops. We have not made that mistake again.
Can you beet this? Nobody did. They didn’t show up.
There weren’t a lot of “lettuce, in water, 2”, but our plants were pretty, and at an almost perfect eating stage. Growing lettuce in late August is not easy. We showed up.
How about this? Blue potatoes get a blue ribbon.
Every year, onion family entries come into the Fair by the carload. Competition is tough, and even a third prize can mean “Wow! Beautiful entry!”.
Green peppers are another category that gets large numbers of entries. Every year in the past, other gardeners have grown far more gorgeous peppers than what Wishetwurra Farm could produce. This year, for the first time, that did not happen.
Every year, if all goes well, the garden will make something fine. There might be a flaw or two, but not enough to cancel the “wow”. The judges will be happy with the submission, and they’ll award a blue ribbon. And you’re happy because those plants did so well.
If there’s anything everybody grows, it’s tomatoes.
Heirloom tomatoes are all the rage lately.
So for Wishetwurra Farm to win a blue for “heirloom tomatoes, 5”, with these “costoluto genovese” beauties, well, it felt like the very best blue ribbon of the MVAS 2015 Fair.
You can get a blue ribbon for showing up, by being lucky, or even from steady work.
Sometimes it takes all three.