This was our first year successfully growing artichokes on the farm, though when I was growing up they were a favorite crop of my family’s. I’ve seen several Mainers adding artichokes to their gardens in recent years and the seeds for them now are more compatible with the Northeastern climate. However, when my parents first started growing artichokes it was quite a challenge, and it remains an unusual vegetable in a Maine garden.
- Kirsten Lie-Nielsen
I grew up on a small farm and spent my youth riding horses competitively and gnawing on fresh vegetables from our garden. I moved away, went to college and spent time working in customer service, but the taste of fresh vegetables is kind of addicting. Our small farm has expanding gardens, a small flock of chickens, two geese, and is growing every season.
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