Just some of the produce available at the Tucker Patch Farmgate Stall on Friday 23
I’m sure most of us would be familiar with this novelty song from the 1920s!
The story goes that one day in New York in 1922, songwriting duo Frank Silver and Irving Cohn were on their way to work when they stopped for a snack. At a greengrocer’s, the Greek immigrant owner told them in his broken English: “Yes! We have no bananas today.” The reason the grocer had no bananas? A blight in Central America had caused a shortage. The songwriters made the phrase into the title of their next song and, in a Broadway revue called Make It Snappy, the tune was introduced by star Eddie Cantor and zoomed to number one on the hit parade for five straight weeks.
So how, you might be wondering, does this relate to the Tucker Patch website?
Well, like many other regions of NSW, Gloucester has been going through an extended hot, dry spell that has impacted many aspects of everyday living – including how our gardens are bearing up under the pressure of intense heat and limited water. And Tucker Patch is no exception. With a dry dam and the high cost of town water, production has slowed, with limited amounts of produce anticipated over the next few weeks until the drought breaks and we get decent, solid rains.
This, compounded by the fact that one of our main growers, Wild Lemon Farm, is moving interstate, means we may not have such a wide range of fresh vegies available at our Farmgate Stall for several weeks to come. It would be wonderful to supplement our supplies if possible, so if you have any spare produce in your garden (even if it's only one bag of tomatoes or a bunch or two of herbs) please feel free to bring it to the Farmgate on Friday mornings between 8am and 8:30am, either to swap, sell or donate.
Don’t forget to sign up for our Asian Vegies Workshop, which will be held next Friday February 23 at the Patch. Time’s running out, so don’t miss out! Go to the Workshops section of the website for more information.
Meanwhile, perhaps a raindance or two to the tune of ‘Yes, we have no bananas’ is in order.