In this country tall-tale contest, everyone wins.
Beth and Herman Krimple’s photo of grandson Kade and their crop of giant sweet potatoes bring back lots of warm and fuzzy memories. Before 24-hour hysterically politicized news channels and wall-to-wall electronic entertainment, country folks filled untold happy hours discussing the wonders of triple-yolked eggs, sunflowers the size of serving platters and tomatoes on vines so tall you had to pick them from second-story windows. These were subjects rooted in the good earth and nurtured by people who saw life in simpler, more-rewarding terms. And they usually turned into tall-tale competitions more entertaining than 90% of the billion-dollar movies Hollywood churns out.
So let’s revive this proud tradition online! Share photos and stories about your “biggest and best” by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll post our favorites in an upcoming blog. (In case you were wondering, Beth Krimple says the secret to getting 49 pounds of sweet potatoes, including a 15-pounder, from just two plants was…lots and lots of water.)