Becky Kirts is a Master Gardener residing in Shelby County, Kentucky. She loves to share recipes, garden information and travel fun on her blog. Gardening is in her genes. Becky grew up in a family of eight where a love of nature and gardening was understood and respected. In addition to growing plants, she has spent years cultivating her passion through research, writing, and teaching. She did this while raising two children and working full time.

Becky lives in a beautiful 100 year old home on land once owned by Squire Boone. She is lovingly trying to nurture the land to make it a home for birds, wildlife, plants, pets and family. Becky’s property has over 60 varieties of trees, a vineyard, berry patch, a potager garden, and much, much more.

Becky hopes that you will enjoy her personal approach to life in her garden and beyond.
 

 

Radish Night (Noche de Rabanos)
by Becky Kirts - posted 01/09/14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We just returned from the most amazing trip. It was to Oaxaca Mexico. This region is full of color and character. The crafts, the food, the celebrations, the people, ...it truly was a once in a life time adventure. One that I would love to repeat over and over!  Ok, you must admit my daughter and son-in-law  must really love me if they take me to one of the largest vegetable festivals in the world.

La Noche de Rabanos is celebrated on the 23rd of December and has been celebrated that day for over 115 years. This festival by far, is one of the most impressive vegetable festival and very unique since it combines agriculture with folk art. It is held in the "zocalo" or city center.

The event consist of over 100 exhibitors who design sculptors and scenes from specially grown large red radishes. The radishes are grown just for the event in a field next to the airport and are left int he ground for months after the normal harvest time. They become very large and misshapen. They are heavily fertilized, treated,with chemicals, and certainly are not for consumption.

The artisans are professional craftsman, but most are always radish farmers. In addition, many of the sculptured scenes included dried flowers and corn husks. I love the use of Strawflowers.

We had just arrived late the night before and were having a leisurely breakfast in an open air restaurant the morning of the competition. We sat fascinated by the flurry of activity directly across from us.  At that point most of the competitors were feverishly working on the final touches. We  could not get on the gated walkway but were close enough to take many pictures.

The guidebooks had all warned us that this event was very popular, and while it was being set up was the best time to get a close up look. Little did we realize how much this advice should be heeded. By 4:00 police barriers had been set up and literally the lines were miles long.  Our guide told us the year before he waited over 3 hours for a very crowded peak.

I was absolutely blown away by the popularity of this festival, you ng and old waiting inline for hours on end to look at carved radishes. These sculptures were all very different and very intricate and all for a prize of less than $13,000 pesos or approximately $1.300 US dollars. But the most valued prize is that the winners get their pictures in the local paper!!  

Oh my ....all this on the 1st day of our Oaxaca Adventure. Stay tuned!!!

 

 

 

 

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