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Tom and Karen Poenisch from Jourdanton, had a wonderful garden year! Their son and his family helped plant in early March. God has blessed them well this season. COURTESY PHOTO

Tom and Karen Poenisch from Jourdanton, had a wonderful garden year! Their son and his family helped plant in early March. God has blessed them well this season. COURTESY PHOTO

The Pleasanton Express has loved seeing newbie and experienced gardeners’ photos during the last few weeks. We want to see more! We are starting a contest, “How does your garden grow?” We want to see photos of your freshly grown tomatoes, crispy cucumbers and ears of sweet corn from your home gardens.

Send us your photos of your vegetable or flower garden and you could win a prize worth $25- $50 from local merchants plus bragging rights and a photo in the Pleasanton Express. We welcome all types of photos. Get creative. Close-ups of your veggies and flowers, photos of kids working in the garden, the biggest watermelon, the craziest shaped tomato, the longest squash, the beauty of your garden design …

Tell us a little about your produce or flowers – what are you growing, how long have you gardened and who in your family helps.

We also are looking for the best summer garden recipes. These can be old family favorites or a new one you just created. Send us your recipe along with a photo of it to be featured in the Pleasanton Express. The best summer recipe will win a $50 gift card.

An anonymous gardener in Jourdanton was inspired by staying at home. She has said, “It’s so rewarding. Instead of a COVID garden, it’s a Covent garden, a nod to our London friends, who make the most of their small space. It has inspired some great dishes: frittatas, Caprese salad, homemade pesto, squash relish, chicken calabacita, margherita pizza.” COURTESY PHOTO

An anonymous gardener in Jourdanton was inspired by staying at home. She has said, “It’s so rewarding. Instead of a COVID garden, it’s a Covent garden, a nod to our London friends, who make the most of their small space. It has inspired some great dishes: frittatas, Caprese salad, homemade pesto, squash relish, chicken calabacita, margherita pizza.” COURTESY PHOTO

Submit photos to agnews@pleasantonexpress. com. Select entries will be featured weekly in the Pleasanton Express on the front page of our Farm & Ranch pages. The contest ends August 9.

Mini Modified Caprese

I didn’t have fresh Mozzarella cheese so I substituted with Brie … I like it better!

Serves one

• Handful of grape tomatoes or one Roma tomato

• 1/4 of Brie wheel, sliced (You can remove the rind if you want a milder flavor.)

• 3 +/- sweet basil leaves

• Olive oil

• Balsamic vinegar

Slice tomatoes and layer in small bowl/plate.

Add Brie. Tear basil into small pieces. Drizzle olive oil and Balsamic vinegar.

Thank you,

Sue Brown

Sue Brown of San Antonio planted a basil plant and decided that a cool Caprese salad was exactly what she wanted on a hot summer day. COURTESY PHOTO

Sue Brown of San Antonio planted a basil plant and decided that a cool Caprese salad was exactly what she wanted on a hot summer day. COURTESY PHOTO

 

 

Sue Brown, of San Antonio, former Pleasanton Express Editor, loves to use this recipe when she is craving a good home cooked lasagna. She received this recipe from an old friend, Debbie Hayden from Pleasanton. COURTESY PHOTO

Sue Brown, of San Antonio, former Pleasanton Express Editor, loves to use this recipe when she is craving a good home cooked lasagna. She received this recipe from an old friend, Debbie Hayden from Pleasanton. COURTESY PHOTO

A tomato from Dennis and Mary Fournier’s garden in Leming, the plant is the “2020 Rodeo Tomato Red Snapper.” They plant tomatoes, squash, (yellow, zucchini, acorn, butternut, spaghetti), cucumbers, peppers, okra, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, beets and onions. They also make pickles, pickled okra and sauerkraut. COURTESY PHOTO

A tomato from Dennis and Mary Fournier’s garden in Leming, the plant is the “2020 Rodeo Tomato Red Snapper.” They plant tomatoes, squash, (yellow, zucchini, acorn, butternut, spaghetti), cucumbers, peppers, okra, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, beets and onions. They also make pickles, pickled okra and sauerkraut. COURTESY PHOTO

Susan Pierce of Pleasanton sent in photos of her little helper and some of the plants that they worked hard on growing this season. COURTESY PHOTO

Susan Pierce of Pleasanton sent in photos of her little helper and some of the plants that they worked hard on growing this season. COURTESY PHOTO

 

 

 

 

 

 

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