On Saturday the hills rang with the sounds of music and laughter as the participants of  Grow Appalachia and their families celebrated the 2013 harvest. We were fortunate to have several local musicians who were willing to donate their time and talents for our event.   Maggie and Mitchel Mayes sang, “Home Grown Tomatoes” written by Guy Clark.

Home Grown Tomatoes

Ain’t nothin’ in the world that I like better

Than bacon & lettuce & homegrown tomatoes

Up in the mornin’ out in the garden

Get you a ripe one don’t get a hard one

Plant ‘ em in the spring eat ‘ em in the summer

All winter with out em’s a culinary bummer

I forget all about the sweatin & diggin’

Everytime I go out and pick me a big one

Homegrown tomatoes , homegrown tomatoes

What’d life be without homegrown tomatoes

Only two things that money can’t buy

That’s true love & homegrown tomatoes

You can go out to eat & that’s for sure

But it’s nothing a homegrown tomato won’t cure

Put’em in a salad, put’em in a stew

You can make your very own tomato juice

Eat’em with eggs ,eat ’em, with gravy

Eat’em with beans, pinto or navy

Put’em on the side, Put’em in the middle

Put a homegrown tomato on a hotcake griddle

If I’s to change this life I lead

I’d be a Tomato Seed

Cause I know what this country needs

Homegrown tomatoes in every yard you see

When I die don’t bury me

In a box in a cemetery

Out in the garden would be much better

I could be pushin’ up homegrown tomatoes.




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Yum, Yum!

Yum, Yum!


Singing “Home Grown Tomatoes”


Grow Appalachia participants and their families

Grow Appalachia participants and their families



Jennifer, Catherine , and Mary cooking on the grill