The 2021 Vegetable of the Year: "the wise vegetable of the pandemic"

Jan 1, 2021

Emma Ambrosi from Duluth East High School created this for Duluth Community Garden Program. It’s a tradition for a student there to create the poster each year.
Credit Emma Ambrosi

This is the seed that grows a family

and builds a home just the right size

to keep the whole clan safe and sound.

In keeping with tradition, the Duluth Community Garden Program announces the One Vegetable, One Community Vegetable of the Year on New Year's Day here on Northland Morning.

Once again we celebrate with not only the announcement, but an original poem by Duluth's Poet Laureate, Gary Boelhower.

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Vegetable of the Year 2021

by Gary Boelhower

I plant the seeds in early Spring

when the soil is still cold to the touch

and nights still shiver with frost

when the sun is just beginning to whisper 

its promises of summer green gardens.

This is the seed that grows a family

and builds a home just the right size

to keep the whole clan safe and sound.

This is the wise vegetable of the pandemic

teaching about safety and spread, distance and togetherness.

This is the vegetable that creates worlds

sweet planets, galaxies of heavenly orbs

with names like Tom Thumb and Half Pint

Green Arrow and Tall Telephone

Mr. Big and Little Marvel.

Bush and climbing with blossoms

of white, pink, purple.

Snow, snap, sugar.

Make your porridge hot or make your porridge cold.

Make this soup in your biggest pot.

Split or whole is sure to please

as you eat the ancient, common, nutritious peas.