Our March Giveaway!


This contest has closed. Congratulations to our winner, Pris!

It feels like spring in West Seattle. The sun is shining, daffodils are blooming, and the onion seeds I started on my window ledge last week have begun to sprout. YAY!

Onions sprouting

Onion seeds beginning to sprout!

I bought bare root strawberry plants at the West Seattle Nursery on Saturday… had to tear myself away from the pea plant starts because I know it is just a little bit too early. But, in a few more weeks it will be time to plant radishes, greens, and peas.

I’ve got big plans for my little garden this year… I’m not sure the 4′ x 8′ bed I built last year is going to be large enough!

How about you? Have you been bitten by the gardening bug? Whether you are a seasoned gardener or just a beginner, we think you’ll LOVE our March Giveaway. It’s the beautiful, practical and inspiring Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard – A Beginners Guide to Growing Crops at Home by Colin McCrate and Brad Halm, founders of Seattle Urban Farm Company. We’re also throwing in a set of handy garden tools from Fiskars!

APP March Giveaway

OKAY, now it’s time to enter our MARCH GIVEAWAY!


Respond to this post and name a fruit or vegetable you used to hate, but now enjoy. And, we’d love it if you would tell us what changed your mind about it!

Just for the record:  I hated mushrooms until I spent the night at a friend’s house in 4th grade and her mom ordered a pizza with mushrooms. I didn’t want to be rude, so I ate the pizza and realized mushrooms weren’t so bad after all. Now, of course, I love them.

We’ll announce the winner of our March Giveaway on March 29th and send you your prizes in the mail. Good luck and happy Spring!


  1. Lily says:

    Forgot to mention: I ended up making a post about my entry…and then included a link to this contest. Lol.

  2. Lethea B says:

    I would have to say Asparagus was my “not on a bet” veggie when I was younger, I really enjoy it now=)

  3. […] forget to enter our March Giveaway. Respond to the post (here) and name a fruit or vegetable you used to hate, but now enjoy. And, we’d love it if you would […]

  4. Amy K says:

    I’m still not a big fan of cauliflower in most forms, however, cooked and mashed as potato replacements seems to hit just the right spot on my palate as well as my conscience!

  5. Nikki says:

    As odd as it sounds, I hated apples as a kid. It took years before I realized why – I was always given Red Delicious. I still don’t like Red Delicious apples, but I have found so many other varieties that I love, including Gala, Honeycrisp, and Pink Lady.
    Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  6. Helen says:

    As a kid, I hated any kind of baked winter squash. Now, I can’t get enough of it especially topped with lots of butter, brown sugar or maple syrup!

  7. Susan C says:

    Mine is the same as yours – mushrooms. I had a boyfriend in High School that got them on pizza, and I realized they were pretty good. Now I LOVE mushrooms!

  8. Elisabeth says:

    Growing up I hated spinach, especially the smell. I kept reading about all of the health benefits and decided to give a try as an adult and loved it!

  9. Gina Rose says:

    Used to not eat cauliflower until my exchange student from Nepal curried them and now it’s a staple at our house!

  10. Barbara Brookhart says:

    Brussel sprouts! I learned some good recipes!

  11. Annie says:

    Oysters, too slimy. Just kidding, beets it seemed like a joke to eat them at school. All generic looking, the bright red juice running across the plate. Not sure when my love for beets began, but it was after I graduated and they were fresh and roasted. Brussel sprouts are another one kids dislike. We deep dry the individual leaves and my kids love them as they are just like a chip. So they think they like Brussels sprouts.

  12. jacquie says:

    oh there are many – brussel sprouts, kale and summer squash to name a few – i think it just took trying them in terms of kale and then prepared in a way i liked better. and not any “suggestion” that it might not be good.

  13. Pris says:

    Like most veggies as a kid EXCEPT for Brussel sprouts. My mom would boil them and make us eat them…oh terrible. Then years later my grown kids told me to buy them fresh and grill them in the oven with bacon. Ok, the love story began. Now I raise them and can’t get enough of them. Thanks for the chance to enter your contest

  14. tina says:

    I used to despise beets until I learned to add sea salt, vinegar, olive oil and lemon! I think it’s what you can add to veggies that can make them taste better!

  15. Lynnette says:

    Wow, it appears we all have gone through some evolving about veggies. I, too, didn’t care much for vegetables (brussel sprouts, spinach, etc) until adulthood. I think we may be a lot more creative with our cooking endeavors and that’s why our attitudes have changed. I love them all and grow all I can in my little suburban farm!

  16. Jeanne says:

    Corn. Not sure why, but never liked it. Neither did my husband. Then one day we had grilled corn and we were hooked. We still don’t eat it much, but when we do it is grilled or pan seared with butter, lime, and parmesan.

  17. Lily says:

    I never truly ‘hated’ veggies as a kid, although I did notice how often my Mother made salads with our dinners, and that bothered me a tiny bit.
    She also used to do a bit of gardening back in the day. There were a few years where we had the yummiest beefsteak tomato garden on the side of our house!
    One particular year, in fifth grade, I was studying my home state if New Jersey. So my Mother gave me some of the last of what must have been a late frost harvest for me to share with the class as a ‘statekid snack’. As the teacher was cutting them up, one boy said, “Tomatoes aren’t in season anymore!”I to which our teacher responded, “Well, they are at Lily’s house!”
    Gotta love my kiddie memories!

  18. Lisa Keller says:

    I was always a pretty good veggie eater, but I did not care for asparagus. In time it became unfashionable to turn them into soggy mush. Just lightly sautee them until they’re al dente. That changed everything! (Still don’t like what it does to my pee!)

  19. Yams, the Christmas dinner side dish was one I would not try. Finally, one year my Grandpa Gil convinced me to give them a try. OhMyGosh! Garnet yams are my favorite! Tastes wonderful without requiring anything added. Cheers!

  20. Kristen says:

    I always hated spinach – until I was struck by the infamous “college 15” and started eating healthier. It really motivates you to like something when it helps you reach other goals, too :)! (Also I learned you can add it to pretty much anything and it will pick up that flavor)

  21. hated brussel sprouts-store bought and bitter. now i know how to pick them at farmer’s market and roast with balsami yum

  22. Linda says:

    I do not think I hated any one vegetable. I am not a fan of raw celery but I have grown to like it cooked in dishes I prepare.Thank you for the fun giveaway, please enter my name into the hat. Thank you

  23. Marie McFadden says:

    Hey over there ladies! I hated sweet potatoes from the time I was old enough to keep my mouth closed (either that or spit). I love the smell of the cinnamon, brown sugar and butter softly melting on hot sweet potatoes, but the potato itself? Yuck! Today I went by the see a friend and she had a sweet potato raw, peeled and sliced on the table. She was happily munching away and told me to give it a try. Now, being a big fan of about anything crunchy, I took a small piece and – unbelievable – it did not taste like a sweet potato at all! We also tried microwaved sweet potato chips – and those too were delish. So now I am a convert for that root veggie – just don’f ask me to eat a baked one! Happy March!

  24. Amy G says:

    Onions! Hated all onions (still don’t like raw) until I had my first grilled red onion! So sweet and delicious!

  25. Lynn says:

    I hated all vegetables until I met my husband. Probably never tried any of them because I had a dislike of anything “green”. The only thing I ate remotely green was an iceberg salad at 17 at the local Pizza Pete. My husband, being of Mediterrean roots, loves all foods, especially vegetables. I used to think mushrooms were disgusting fungus. Love them all now! I made a chanterelle sauce for the turkey and mashed potatoes this T-Day and it was so yummy. The only veggie I don’t care for are beets and brussel sprouts.

  26. Brussel Sprouts! I love them roasted or sauteed now!

  27. Lori A says:

    Brussel sprouts. I had them fresh-on the stalk-roasted on the grill. Wonderful. It would be a wonderful veggie to grow for the fall as they get sweeter in the cooler weather.

  28. Patricia Sakel says:

    Hated brussel Sprouts until I tried them oven roasted w/balsamic and pan sauteed w/bacon

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