Photos: Bountiful harvest

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  • Wayne Desroches of South Hadley picks ripe fruit from a Yoinashi pear tree adjacent to this Harrow Sweet European pear tree at the South Hadley Community Garden on Saturday. Desroches, a past president of the GRO (Garden and Resident Outreach) Committee, had a bountiful take from his own plots on his Labor Day weekend visit to the garden. "This was a surprise day," he said, as he harvested more vegetables than he expected - including a five gallon bucket of russet potatoes. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Wayne Desroches holds one of the bigger russet potatoes he gathered during a visit to his plot at the South Hadley Community Garden on Saturday. Desroches, a past president of the GRO (Garden and Resident Outreach) Committee, had a bountiful take on his Labor Day weekend visit to the garden. "This was a surprise day," he said, as he harvested more vegetables than he expected - including a five gallon bucket of spuds. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Wayne Desroches holds some of the bounty he harvested from his plot at the South Hadley Community Garden on Saturday, including tomatoes, green peppers and jalapenos. Desroches, a past president of the GRO (Garden and Resident Outreach) Committee, had a bountiful take on his Labor Day weekend visit to the garden. "This was a surprise day," he said, as he harvested more vegetables than he expected. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Wayne Desroches gathered a five gallon bucket of russet potatoes from his plot at the South Hadley Community Garden on Saturday. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 9/3/2019 2:36:39 PM

SOUTH HADLEY –

On this last unofficial weekend of summer, many gardeners were still reaping a bounty from their small plots in area community gardens. Wayne Desroches, a past president of the GRO (Garden and Resident Outreach) Committee in South Hadley summed up a Saturday visit to his plot at the town’s community garden, which he’s had for seven years: “This was a surprise day.” He found a bountiful harvest for the second day in a row, picking green peppers, peas, jalapenos, a giant (18”) zucchini and an assortment of tomatoes. But the biggest surprise, hidden underground, was a five gallon bucket’s-worth of russet potatoes he affectionately calls his “hundred dollar potatoes” for the amount of time he puts into growing them, from cleaning and preserving the small ones to over-winter for next spring’s seeds, to digging them out by hand in the fall. 

Kevin Gutting can be reached at kgutting@gazettenet.com.



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