West Virginia South April - May 2019 - Page 24

ON THE MENU Vegetable Wars Parental tastes trigger a lifetime of internal conflict By Debbie Moose, West Virginia South Contributor M ❖ Photos by Chris Jackson y family has a history of making questionable choices in quests for variety. One persistent legend says that an ancestor got tired of hanging around Piedmont North Carolina and decided that joining up with a general named Custer sounded like the best idea ever. One of my grandfathers entered the Marines just before World War I and, as far as I can tell, spent most of his time in the brig for being drunk and disorderly. The wacky decision-making has continued through the decades, eventually settling in my childhood backyard. Specifically, in my father's vegetable garden. 24 ❖ SOUTH ❖ APRIL-MAY '19