Shots Along The Run: Leaves

They still are leaves
They are brown leaves
Still hanging from a tree

When they fall down
They still are leaves
Brown leaves on the ground

And when they’re gone
Lost to the wind
When they become
weightless and transparent…

They still are leaves
That once were all colors

- Sonya Florentino            

Rock Creek Park - Washington, DC 2012

Rock Creek Park - Washington, DC 2012

Rock Creek Park - Washington, DC 2012

What’s in Store for 2012

EX2's Blue Crab Bolt, Race 1

2011 was one heck of a year.  Sure, the economy hit a new low, Obama’s approval rating dipped to its poorest yet, and we started occupying everything from parks to the internet, but we got a new iPhone, Herman Cain came and (thankfully) went, and I ran my first ultra.

I’ve been working on this post, well, since Jan, 1, and frankly I’ve had trouble getting it all down.  Not because I don’t have goals, or visions for the new year, but because I’m having trouble really getting them down in a way that I think you would care.  I don’t plan to bore you with goals that have nothing to do with you, but instead here are some goals for the blog, healthy living, and a few things I hope that you will find interesting for the future.

Running:

Ok, most of these goals might not have anything to do with you…but they are ones you’ll see me repeat, time and time again, on the blog.  They are my running goals for the next year.

Marathon PR – The drop in time between my first marathon, Baltimore, and my second, Marine Corps, made me feel like I wasn’t even trying in Baltimore.  Trust me, I was trying.  The development and wisdom I’ve gained over the past few years while putting in the miles has made me a totally different runner than that first 26.2.  Now, with two marathons and a 50k under my belt, I think I’m poised now more than ever to really knock out a solid marathon PR.  I’ve already registered for the inaugural Rock N Roll DC marathon in March, which I’ll be running with a group of No Meat Athlete readers.

Potomac River just before NFEC 50k Start - Photo by KFB

50 Miler – This is a bit of a lofty goal, but I would really like to complete my first 50 sometime this year.  I’ll be on the right track with a marathon in March, so as long as I can register for the right one and keep up the training, this could be the year of the 50, and my first ‘real’ ultra.

More Posts from Different Trails – Ok, this one really does have to do with you.  What brings the most people to this site are google searches for different trails and races in the area.  While DC has a great running blog community, not too many people are blogging about access and information on different running trails.  I’ve been filling that void a little bit, but I’m hoping to ramp that up in the coming year.

The Beer:

DC Brau's Public Ale

I could tell you about how I want to brew more (which I do) and how I want to have at least one homebrew for each of the changing seasons (which I plan on, hopefully totaling about 6 brews in all), but what I really want to do is talk more about what I’m drinking and why I’m drinking it.  You can expect to see more beer posts, beer reviews, and beer information on the blog.  For starters, I’m planning to track every different type of beer I drink in 2012.  I will NOT be counting all the beers I consume, but listing every brand, brew, and brewery I enjoy.  You can find that list on the main navigation bar at the top under “The Beer” or you can find it here:  The 2012 Beer List

The Food:

Food has been a bit of a lost topic around these parts recently.  But that doesn’t mean it has been a lost topic for my life.  In 2011 KFB and I experimented on all kinds of cool food stuff, like buying 50 pounds of tomatoes and cooking them down into several different sauces.  Those aren’t the things I’ve really shared before, but I’m going to start sharing them now.  I’m not and never will claim to be a chef, but we work hard to find good, slow, natural, plant based foods, and have learned a lot along the way.  Hopefully we can help each other out with more information!

And More!

Hiking up Doyles River in SNP - Photo by Erika Dooley

Here at TheHaySay we are enthusiasts about a lot of things.  Sure I run, eat, and drink on a near daily basis, but I also do other things!  For example, we do a lot of camping and spend many days out hiking.  As someone who has spent a lot of time researching hikes, backpacking spots, and the best campgrounds in the greater DC area, I know there is a lack of information out there.  Stay tuned for several posts on that topic in the coming year.

Another topic you should see popping up on the regular is biking.  This is a relatively new thing for me, since I bought my first real bike in 15 years this past year.  So as I sign up for rides or just go out for a spin, I’m hoping to share what I’m learning as a newbie in hopes that I’ll help some others and get some good feedback from those of you who figured out how awesome biking is long ago.

I want to live an active, healthy lifestyle, while enjoying the outdoors, and I hope that as I share all the stories, it helps you do that too.  I’d love to hear from you along the way.  What do you think?  What are you planning to do this year?  What can I share that you might like to hear more about?

Race Report(s): Fall Back Yard Burn Series

Look Beat During Race 2 at Laurel Hill

I ended my 2011 race season with the 5 race, 10 mile trail Fall Back Yard Burn (BYB) Series.  The wonderful EX2 Adventures puts on this BYB Series every Spring and Fall, with 4 (spring) or 5 (fall) races over 8 weeks.  They offer up a 5 mile option or a 10 mile option for each race, which is held at different state and national parks throughout Northern Virginia.  This was my first time running any of the BYB races, so instead of writing 5 different race reports from similar trail races, I thought I would do an overview highlighting the highs and lows of each.  So instead of a ‘race report’, you can consider this more of a ‘series experience.’

After reading several horror reports all over the twiorld (Get it?  No? Ok.) about the Hot Chocolate 15k at the National Harbor last Saturday, I can’t stress enough how great of a race EX2 Adventures puts on.  I would recommend to anyone running any of their races.  They come across as very well organized and do a great job at making everyone feel welcomed.  All of these races had about 350 runners, and EX2 offers up prizes for the top five in each age group.  For anyone new to the trail racing world, they would be a great place to start.

Race 1:  Prince William Forest Park

This was one of my favorite races for a few reasons.  For starters, this is a beautiful park.  Being the largest in the DC Metro area, and so close to the District, I can’t believe I don’t come down here more often.  With so many great trails to explore, it offered up a nice mix between fast smooth fire road and more technical singletrack.  While it was one of my slowest races, this course didn’t have the God awful hills of some of the other locations.  Prince William was also the only course that didn’t loop back on any of the same trail.  10 miles of true trail running bliss.

I didn’t really know what to expect going into this race, but after the pack thinned out a bit, I joined up with a few other runners and we ran almost the entire race together.  A few of those people I would end up pacing with on several of the other races.

Race 2:  Laurel Hill

Laurel Hill is new to the BYB series, and while I definitely enjoyed the race, I think I’m going to place it as my least favorite.  It is located on the grounds of the old Lorton Prison.  The start and finish were located right next to the prison walls, which made for an eerie pre-race brief on what turned out to be the chilliest of all the races.  I think what I disliked most about this course were all of the repeated loops.  Most of the trails wound through old farm lands instead of through wooded forest, and unfortunately we were limited to running several of the loops multiple times.  As you can see above, it looks like they were working hard to cram in 10 miles worth of running.  Laurel Hill also at times felt more like a cross-country race than a trail race.  Running through big fields isn’t really my cup of tea.

Race 3:  Wakefield Park

Thinking back on this race, it all seems like a blur.  I was hurting bad all 10 miles, with some major cramping, stomach issues, and leg fatigue.  While I really liked the course and the park, this was the only race I wasn’t happy to be running.  For some reason, I just couldn’t get out of my head.  I took two stumbles, fell way behind the group I was pacing with, and never got into a groove.  Out of all the races, this one somehow turned out to be my fastest, but it leaves me wondering how I could have done if I wasn’t feeling so bad.

We took two laps around another beautiful park on almost entirely smooth, flat trail.  Just look at the difference between the elevation charts from this race and what I think was the toughest race 5:

Race 3: Wakefield Park

Race 5: Hemlock Overlook

It was flat, fast, and would have been a great course for me to go all out.

 Race 4:  Fountainhead

I’m disappointed to report I didn’t run this race, giving me my first ever DNS.  The days after race 3, I was feeling an awful pain in the bottom of my foot.  The week in between races just wasn’t enough for me to fight that pain without fears of making it a lot worse.

It sounded like an awesome course though!  Here is what the EX2 Adventures Website had to say:

Fountainhead Regional Park is situated along the banks of the Occoquan Reservoir in Western Fairfax County. This race course is beautiful and consists mostly of hiking trails (including the Bull Run Occoquan Trail), horse trails, and old dirt roads. Competitors will run over rocks and roots, through several streams, and up some hills. This course was a new addition in 2006 and became an immediate hit.

Race 5:  Hemlock Overlook

I think I heard chatter about Hemlock at every race.  “Oh just wait until Hemlock” I’d hear one racer telling another after the first complained about a hill.  “We’re saving all the caution tape for Fountainhead and Hemlock” the race director would joke at ever race briefing.  And while I had to chuckle at the buildup, it lived up to the hype.  It was, without a doubt, my favorite course of the series, in that ‘this hurts so bad I want to drop at every corner, but my feet are having so much fun’ kind of way.  With the exception of race 4, this was by far the most technical, offering up several sections of super rocky rough singletrack.  Similar to a few of the other races, this course consisted of two 5 mile loops, each hosting two pretty brutal hills.  Along the Bull Run Occoquan Trail, runners spent a lot of slow time running along the very rocky creek bank.  The combo of the tough hills, rocky trails, and a few creek crossings caused me to run my slowest of the races, but probably what I would consider my best effort.  If it wasn’t so far outside the city, I would go back there and run this course any day.

What I learned:

This might sound a little odd, but I think for the first time I really learned how to race.  I’ve always set out to push myself, achieve new PRs, and see where my limit is, but let’s face it, I’m a mid-packer whether I like it or not.  But with the EX2 races, where they give the top 5 in each age group a pint glass after every race (sometimes it felt more like little league where everyone left with a trophy), I knew I could actually be a fighter.  After a 6th place age group finish the first race, I saw who my competition was, and I went after them.  And let me tell ya, as someone who has never really cared how the other racers around me were doing, it was a lot of fun trying to stick with other people or picking off other racers!  I ended up bringing home 4 pint glasses from the other races and the overall series.

This series was just how I wanted to end a great season.  The race director Jim seems like a great guy, and EX2 Adventures is a top notch company.  Well done guys, I’ll definitely be back.

Finding The Escape

Photo taken from a recent trip to Seattle, WA

I injured myself at some point during the 10 mile Back Yard Burn race #3.  The pain in my foot has been crippling.  It has been over a week now, and I’ve logged just one mile.

How do I pass the time?  I can’t keep watching the news.  How do I process the day?  Running was the cure.  I need the repetitive motion, the dirt beneath my feet, the audible breaths.  I’m now longing for the hills that just days ago brought so much dread.  I’m craving the pain from tripping on that root I’ve cursed so many times.  Trees, rocks, deer, once a part of my daily escape, have now transformed into concrete, trash, and buses.  All of this energy has built up with no escape.  I’m doing pushups.  I hate pushups.  I’m drinking beer.  Well, that’s always good.  Soon I’ll be with family.  I’ll need an outlet.  We all have our mental and physical escapes.  The park, the trail, the run.  I just hope this doesn’t last much longer.

Shots Along the Run: Fall in Rock Creek Park

The temps have cooled and the trees have taken notice.  These shots taken from the Western Ridge Trail offer a glimpse into the oasis that is Rock Creek Park.

Washington, D.C. – 10/25/11

Trail Report: Potomac Heritage Trail (Roosevelt Island – American Legion Bridge)

View of the Potomac from the Potomac Heritage Trail

There is something weird about endurance running that defies logic.  In almost every other aspect of my life, when something hurts, causes discomfort, or makes me feel like laying down never to get up again, I usually avoid it.  Yet for some reason, as I write this post, I have the major urge to go back out and do this run right over again.

With the sold out EX2 Adventures Fall Back Yard Burn trail series, a 10 mile 5 race series, starting next weekend, I was feeling the urge to kick it up a notch.  I’ve been running very consistently, but my long runs were hoovering around the 10 mile mark.  The Parks Half Marathon provided my longest run in about 2 months.  All summer I had been meaning to check out the Potomac Heritage Trail, but with the busy schedule or crazy humidity, I never made it across the river.  So after seeing this weekend’s forecast of sunshine with temps in the low 60s, I knew this would be the perfect opportunity.

The Plan:

I decided I’d start at Roosevelt Island and run the ten mile stretch to the American Legion Bridge (495) and back.  Twenty miles, seemed like a lot, but with no expectations on speed, I knew I’d be able to get through it.  I filled two water bottles, grabbed a handful of gels and a Cliff Bar, and hit the road around 8:00am.

Trail Head

The Trail:

Surprisingly I couldn’t find too much info on this section of the Potomac Heritage Trail Network.  It is obviously a heavily used section of trail, but there isn’t much of a description or even a good map to go off of.  I knew where the trailhead was, had a good idea of where I would turn around, and assumed that on such a beautiful day, I’d see plenty of fellow runners/hikers.

As I look back on the day, I think the ten mile stretch from Roosevelt Island to the American Legion Bridge clearly splits itself into three sections of trail.  For the purposes of this post, I’ll do the same.

Section 1:  Roosevelt Island – Chain Bridge (Miles 1-4)

The 4 mile section from Roosevelt Island to the Chain Bridge was probably both the most heavily trafficked and the most difficult.  It was also probably the most fun.  The first mile or so doesn’t offer much in the way of excitement, but moves you away from the city, crossing under the Key Bridge and dropping down from George Washington Parkway.  By the time you drop down by the river, the trail rotates between dirt, rock, and sand.  The most technical sections of the 10 miles are housed in this first section, most of which is runnable, but some of which is not.

Some fun, but unrunnable section of the PHT

The best parts about this section are the little waterfalls.  Now don’t get me wrong, these were not Niagara, but they provided some nice views of the water feeding into the Potomac.  I guess I didn’t really realize how cool parts of this trail would be.

Steep Climb Away From the River

With about 1/2 mile left before the Chain Bridge, you make a sharp climb up and away from the river.  Even though the trail was very well marked, I actually missed this turn.  It happens right after a little stream crossing, and if you aren’t careful, you’ll do what I did and follow an unofficial trail to what I imagine are good fishing spots.  I took those for maybe 1/10 mile, before realizing I was no longer on the trail.  I looked around for a few minutes, convinced that the trail had to be there somewhere, before turning back.  Once I got back to the creek, it became clear that the trail makes the sharp turn.

After making the climb, you move away from the river for a few miles.  At first, this section of trail is a nice change, with it dumping you into the woods and offering a very smooth path with a few small hills.  But before long, I realized this wasn’t really what I was looking for.

Section 2:  Chain Bridge – Riverside (~2 miles)

Running Next to GW Parkway

This was by far my least favorite section of the day.  In fact, about a mile into this section, I almost turned around and gave up, fearing the rest of the 10 mile length would end up like this.  After popping up around the Chain Bridge and following a nice path along some creek, the trail spits you out next to the George Washington Parkway.  While this section is very runnable, allowing for some faster miles, it follows the road, switching back and forth from right next to the Parkway to about 10-20 feet into the woods.  It is loud, ugly, and not at all the peaceful trail I was looking for.  But because my legs were still feeling fresh, and quitting wouldn’t have made for a very good blog post, I kept going.

Section 3:  Riverside  – American Legion Bridge ( ~4 miles)

By the time the trail dropped back down along the Potomac, I was hitting a bit of a low.  Discouraged from the loud few miles, and beginning to feel a bit hungry, it took me a few minutes to wrap my head around this section.  I really came to when the trees opened up and I was right next to this massive body of water.  I’m not sure why, but the Potomac felt so much larger and so much more powerful on this section of trail (I think there is a dam somewhere around there, so it might actually be larger).  I was taken aback by the beauty, the quiet, and the power of my surroundings.  It was pretty cool.

View from the Trail, Right Next to the Potomac

With a renewed sense of energy (possibly from the two Gu’s I just squirted down my throat, possibly from my surroundings) my step found it’s pep, and I knocked out the last 4 miles with ease.  Passing a few hikers, several trail intersections, and some fun technical spots, this quickly became my favorite part of the day.  This section of trail allowed for some real running, but kept you interested, with enough variation in the footing.

The Return:

The ten miles back to the car were mostly uneventful.  I was feeling awesome for miles 10-14, churning out my fastest miles of the day.  As the day went on, more and more hikers came out to enjoy the weather.  By the time I made it back past the Chain Bridge (section 1 above), I was passing a group of hikers about every five minutes.  This also happened to be the time when I ran out of water, and began my terrible tumble into the runner’s black hole.

Without proper training, a proper night’s sleep, and possibly too many DC Brau’s the night before, this twenty mile, four hour run took a lot out of me.  I could see the Key Bridge for about the last 2 miles, and I knew my car was parked just beyond that.  It was a slow, long two miles, with what felt like way more rock scrambles than I passed on the way out. I went into this run hoping for something that would kick my ass.  When I plopped down in the grass next to my car with a bottle of water that had been boiling in the sun, I knew, my ass was kicked.

I would definitely run this route trail again, and I hope to return soon to hike parts of it with KFB.  If you want to get out of the city and onto some non-Rock Creek Park trail, this is a great option.  If you aren’t looking to do the whole twenty miles, I’d recommend running from Roosevelt to the Chain bridge and back.  It will give you a solid eight mile run with a good mix between highly runnable and some more interesting terrain.

The Details:

 

Race Reprt: 2011 Parks Half Marathon

 

As I hurried from the port-o-potties to the starting coral, things felt a lot different at this year’s Park Half Marathon than they did the year before.  It all started December of last year, when I went down to Charlotte to run the Thunder Road Half with my good college buddies Jon and Chris.  We had a great weekend of drinking, running, eating, and drinking, and it wasn’t long after that Jon gave me a call asking if I wanted to do a repeat this year, only in the DC area.  I told him about how much fun I had at the 2010 Parks Half Marathon, and just like that, Jon and his girlfriend agreed to come up for a run.

Training for this year’s race was far from focused.  Until a few weeks ago, the mileage was certainly there, but with a very busy weekend schedule, long runs, speed workouts, and tempos turned to easy trail miles to calm the mind.  I honestly didn’t know what would happen on race day, as I hadn’t put more than 6 or so miles on road in several months.  But I decided it didn’t really matter.  I’d toe the line with Jon and Jen and just let things roll.  It was Jen’s first half, so with little expectations from anyone, we were bound to have a good time working our way along Rock Creek Trail.

The course itself was the exact same as last year.  You start in Rockville on about 3 miles of road before heading into the woods and onto Rock Creek Trail.  After another 8 miles on Rock Creek, runners turn off to the lite gravel Georgetown Trail as you make your way into Bethesda’s Town Center.  It really is a beautiful course.

I think that it is partially because of that beauty, and I’m sure partially because of the uniqueness of the race, that it has become very popular.  I’d venture to say TOO popular, in fact.  By having the nearly 3 miles on the road, they were hoping the field would naturally thin itself out before hitting the narrow trail.  Unfortunately that didn’t really happen.  It wasn’t until maybe mile 6 that the three of us could run full stride without having to worry about a wall of runners blocking the path.  I’m not going to lie, this was pretty frustrating.  Thankfully no PRs were being set that day, so I was able to just relax and enjoy the beautiful cool weather and nice atmosphere.

One of the best parts for me (and I think everyone running around me), was how great this course was for spectators willing to get on a bike.  At first glance, a point to point course isn’t ideal for the cheer teams, but KFB (and her friend Katie), were not intimidated in the least.  The two of them jumped on bikes, and were pretty much able to follow the entire course along Beach Drive.  They must have have been waiting for Jon, Jen and I to pass by 5 or 6 different places, which is incredible for a 13 mile course.

To be honest, there isn’t much to report on when it comes to the running itself.  I felt pretty good, which allowed for a solid run with near perfect splits.  The three of us all beat our goal time for Jen’s first race, running all but the last mile stride for stride.

I think we all had a great time on a beautiful course running a well run race.  The days leading up to the race brought a ton of rain, so mad props to the race staff and the NPS staff for cleaning up the course.  I only saw a few people take dives into the swelling puddles.  Aside from a few issues with overcrowding, I really enjoyed myself, and was happy to be back.

A few other notes to the race director:

  1. More port-o-potties at the start!  Probably 100 or so runners were still waiting in line when the first gun went off.  I know we had been waiting for 20 or more minutes.
  2. The packet pickup location is FAR to small for this large of a race.  I love the idea of having it at a running store, but a larger one would be much for comfortable.  From just looking at the sponsors, maybe REI?

Stones from US Capitol in Rock Creek Park

In preparation for an upcoming guide to running in Rock Creek Park (more on that to come soon!) I have been trying to visit some trails I don’t hit up very often.  A few weeks ago I ran along a horse trail not far from the Rock Creek Park Horse Center.  I had run this section of trail maybe 5 or 6 times before, and noticed a wall of large stones along one small part, but never thought much about it.  Then the other day something caught my eye.  I noticed that on top of one of the stones sat a small decorative piece.  Immediately I stopped and went over to check it out.  What I discovered was way more interesting than I could have imagined.

Once I walked past the initial wall you can see from the trail, the area opened up to hundreds of moss covered stones of all sizes and shapes.  Most were plain and simple large stones, but others much more intricate.

They Just keep going!

Some of my favorites were clearly meant for decorative building corners like these:

The mostly sandstone chunks sit about 10 or 15 yards off the main trail, and sit rather unorganized throughout the woods.  Not too far away you can see the maintenance building behind one of the makeshift walls.  It was clear to me that whatever these stones were, they have been sitting in the same spot for decades.

Out of the half dozen times I’ve run that loop of horse trail, I’ve never actually seen anyone on it.  At one point you pass by the horse center, where people clearly ride all the time, but I’ve never seen anyone on the trail.  From the first time running that section, I’ve always been a bit spooked by that section, which is odd considering the rest of the park feels like a playground.  But when I discovered this, masked behind the excitement of the discovery, the spooked became more of a frighten.  I walked around for about 10 minutes, half expecting a ghost of haunted Rock Creek’s past to start knocking over the rocks, and half expecting some crazy man to jump out holding the bones of the last person who came back there and bothered him.  Thankfully, the only thing to attack were a few mosquitoes, so I continued to take some pictures, and left on my merry way.

After about 3 fast few miles back down the trail home, I jumped on to the trusted Google to try and figure out what they were!  A few minutes of clicking later, I found this article from City Paper.  Turns out the stones were pieces of the US Capitol that have been aging there in the park since 1959.  The City Paper writes:

According to Eva Malecki, spokesperson for the Architect of the Capitol, they were part of what was torn down during a renovation that started in 1958 and ended in 1962. The pieces, mostly sandstone and some marble from the east front façade, likely originate from the rebuilding that occurred after the Capitol was nearly burned down in the War of 1812. Instead of reusing the pieces, they were placed in this part of Rock Creek Park per an agreement with then-Architect of the Capitol J. George Stewart and the National Park Service (NPS), Malecki says.

Needless to say, this is a really cool find.  It blows my mind that pieces of the US Capitol are just laying around, unprotected, in the woods.  They don’t seem to be in any order, aren’t stacked all that well, and are just left, weathering away for the world to view.  Awesome.

Things NOT to do there:

One thing that struck me almost as much as the stones themselves, was how little they seemed to have been bothered.  Small stones which could have easily been taken, were left sitting seemingly untouched.  Not only that, but the lack of graffiti was shocking!  Nothing was marked.  In a city where little can be left outside unlocked, and walls are tagged quicker than they can be repainted, it was so nice to see that such a neat find seems to have been left for everyone to enjoy.  So, I’m about to post a map of where the hidden capitol is located, but please don’t ruin the experience for the rest of us!

US Capitol stones are located at the red star (NPS map: http://tiny.cc/rockcreekmap)

You can get to the stones a few ways.  The easiest would simply be to park at the Horse Center and walk the horse path down.  You can also park near Pierce Barn along Beach Drive and walk the horse trail that follows the creek.  This is a great smooth trail with nice views along the water.

Rock Creek Park proves time and time again to be full of hidden gems.  A find li this is just another reason why I love running here.  Have you ever run into these stones before?  If not, I’d encourage you to go check them out.  The slightly eerie, totally unique experience is well worth the time.

And the winner is…

Sorry for the delay, things have been busy around The Hay Say parts.

The winner of the veggie savors is…..

Spud, who submitted her quiz July 8, at 10:38am

Congrats!  You just won a Pepper an Onion!  Email me at thehaysay(at)gmail(dot)com to collect your winnings.

How Well Do You Know Your Seasonal Produce: The Quiz – And Giveaway!

Dupont Farmers Market - Wash. DC

Here we are, in the heart of farmers market season.  What are you buying?  Do you know what you’ll be seeing next?  I created a short quiz to test your local seasonal food knowledge.

The Contest: Anyone who scores a perfect score on their first try gets their name, codename, cyber name, whatever you wish to call yourself  posted, and all perfect scores quizzes submitted by Friday, July 15 get their name in the hat for a drawing for two super sweet vegetable keepers!  Didn’t get a perfect score?  No problem!  You can still be entered to win the awesome giveaway by either posting this quiz to Facebook, retweeting on Twitter, or by ‘like’-ing TheHaySay on Facebook!  Just leave a comment that you did one of the three and I’ll put your name into the contest.  Heck, I’m feeling so generous that if you do two (perfect score, retweet, or anything facebook) and let me know in the comments, I’ll put your name in the drawing twice!  I’ll post the winner next Friday and they can e-mail me with their contact information for the prize.

The Prize: The winner will receive two veggie savors, designed to keep your vegetables fresher, longer.  The first will be a Pepper, the second an Onion.  KFB and I have been using the savors for several months now (don’t worry, you’ll get brand new ones), and they really work!  Sometimes you just can’t eat a whole onion, so you’ve got to have some place to keep it fresh!  Nothing worse than throwing out rotten food.

And now, without further adieu, the quiz!

Know Your Seasonal Produce – The Quiz

*These questions are based on seasonal produce from the Mid-Atlantic region of the US, where seasonal markets open in May and close in November.  If you don’t live in the Mid-Atlantic, you might want to adjust your thinking.

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The Report Card:

  • 0 Right – Omm, did you actually play?
  • 1 Right – Yeah, you should probably hit up Earth Science again.
  • 2 Right – 30%  -  Next time Michelle Obama talks to a group of kids about her garden, you might want to listen
  • 3 Right – Not bad, you know half the answers.
  • 4 Right – Maybe you could stand a little more time digging in the dirt, but I’d say you’ve been to a few markets in your day.
  • 5 Right – Nice!  You’ve been eating your veggies.
  • 6 Right – Great job!  Now put on those overalls and get back to your garden!