As food prices rise, interest in gardening grows, local farms

With inflation driving up grocery prices and the onset of growing season in New England, some are looking to their gardens to cut costs at the grocery store. Yanni Pappas said he waited about two years for the chance to grow food in Fenway Victory Gardens. “It was definitely worth the wait,” he said. “I have cucumbers and chives and then strawberry plants, so hopefully those will bear fruit.” Pam Jorgensen, president of the non-profit group Fenway Garden Society, said demand for space has skyrocketed since the pandemic. The waiting list to obtain a plot has more than 250 names. “There was a time when you couldn’t find a gardener to maintain a garden,” she says. Likewise, many Needham Community Farm programs are sold out for the season. This includes the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture program, where customers purchase a share of the fresh produce available throughout the season. Despite the demand, Ceilidh Peden-Spear of Needham Community Farm said the organization is committed to donating food to those in need. “Being able to give people food, especially without asking questions. There are no requirements, it’s really great,” she said. AllAboutGardening.com found new research revealed in Google Search Trends that shows residents of Massachusetts and several other states have searched for information about growing onions more than any other vegetable. Other frequently sought-after vegetables include potatoes, cucumbers, beets, carrots, zucchini, peppers, squash, lettuce, and turnips. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

With inflation driving up grocery prices and the onset of growing season in New England, some are looking to their gardens to cut costs at the grocery store.

Yanni Pappas said he waited about two years for the chance to grow food in Fenway Victory Gardens.

“It was definitely worth the wait,” he said. “I have cucumbers and chives and then strawberry plants, so hopefully those will bear fruit.”

Pam Jorgensen, president of the non-profit group Fenway Garden Society, says demand for space has skyrocketed since the pandemic. The waiting list to obtain a plot has more than 250 names.

“There was a time when you couldn’t find a gardener to tend a garden,” she said.

Likewise, many Needham Community Farm programs are sold out for the season. This includes the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture program, where customers purchase a share of the fresh produce available throughout the season.

Despite the demand, Ceilidh Peden-Spear of Needham Community Farm said the organization is committed to donating food to those in need.

“Being able to give people food, especially without asking questions. There are no requirements, it’s really great,” she said.

AllAboutGardening.com found new research revealed in Google Search Trends that shows residents of Massachusetts and several other states have searched for information about growing onions more than any other vegetable.

Other frequently sought-after vegetables include potatoes, cucumbers, beets, carrots, zucchini, peppers, squash, lettuce, and turnips.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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