Posted on 16 December 2010 by tomatocasual.com

Celebrate the Spring Equinox with Friends, Family, and Tomato Goblets

tomato-gobletBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

A few years ago I started welcoming the Spring Equinox by having a party.

My friends would show up in their favorite medieval outfits and we would have our feast of seasonal produce on a King Arthur type table.

In past years I would fill goblets with party favors and candy but this year I am giving a true Spring Equinox gift of hope and revitalization.

One may ask what this is and the answer is simple it is Tomato Goblets.

This goblet idea came from the wine settings I have used for this party in the past. But instead of serving wine I am serving sustainability and food security in a simple goblet. The tomato plant came to mind since Europeans viewed the tomato as the “love apple” or a forbidden fruit. Plus, the tomato plant is an easy vegetable plant that everyone can be successful at growing.

Also going with the theme and beliefs of King Arthur these Tomato Goblets represent food equalities much like the equal powers that King Arthur’s Knights had at the table.

These goblets are a true recycling project that uses 1 scratched CD and 1 2-liter soda bottle for each goblet. Cut soda bottle 2-inches from the top leaving the lid on. Recycle the remaining part of the bottle. Then glue lid to center of scratched CD and let dry completely. Once dry place tomato plant in goblet, remove any leaves that remain in goblet, and fill in with soil. Gently tap down and water.

I have given children and adults alike these goblets but have changed them slightly. Goblets for children are left clear plastic so they can see the root development through the plastic. Adult goblets, on the other hand, get painted and decorated. But make sure that only the outside of the goblet is painted and sand the surface a little to make sure the paint sticks. Once planted place on the table as place settings with name of plant and care directions attached.

So this year celebrate the Spring Equinox with a party and Tomato Goblets or individualize your goblets with other types of plants. The only thing that limits your goblet design is nature.

Until we blog again, May the Spring Equinox unite you with past gardeners as we welcome the spring sun on the horizon. And while the world outside is full of inequities, may that one-day of feast be one of equal opportunity.

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