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Wallace ... easily weaves in her WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE on how to eat and preserve these WONDERFUL VEGETABLES she has worked so hard to save and share. well as a marketplace with displays and sales of heirloom foods and plants. Wallace continues to work as an organizer for the yearly festival. Sitting and talking with Wallace is more than just a lesson in gardening or the tales behind some of the seeds she has worked to preserve. She easily weaves in her wealth of knowledge on how to eat and preserve these wonderful vegetables. For instance, members of the winter squash family can be eaten immature during the summer—before their skin hardens—with a resulting buttery and creamy flavor. Another quick “recipe” Wallace shared starts with


pureeing a ¼ cup of dried tomatoes with a quart of canned tomatoes. Cook this mixture with onions and garlic, and in 20 minutes you’ll have a sauce that tastes like you’ve been cooking it for hours. One of the signature heritage tomatoes at Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is the Mortgage Lifter, bred by M.C. Byles in the 1930s. Known as Radiator Charlie, he owned a radiator shop at the bottom of a hill where cars in those days often overheated. “Without any formal training, he was also an amateur plant breeder who crosspollinated German Johnson and three other of the largest

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Wine & Country Living Spring 2017  

Wine & Country Living Spring 2017