THOMAS JEFFERSON"S CONNECTION TO FARMERS MARKETS AND THE WHITE HOUSE KITCHEN GARDEN
This week (August 4-10) is National Farmers Market Week. When President Thomas Jefferson occupied the White House he would ask foreign consuls to bring back rare seeds and he would distribute them to the market gardeners in the nation's capital. He would also include with the seeds instructions for the proper cultivating and management of the seeds. He also charted the earliest appearances in the spring of 29 vegetables on the Washington market.
And now in First Lady Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden there is a special garden plot devoted to the heirloom vegetable seeds transported from Thomas Jefferson's garden at his home in Monticello.
Photo on the right: First Lady's Kitchen Garden
Photo below: Thomas Jefferson's garden plot in First Lady's Kitchen Garden