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Suzi Mitchell: Hooray for Little Miss Greenfinger

Suzi Mitchell's daughter sees first signs of strawberries.
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— There was a scream from my front door this weekend that sent me running through the house. It was my 6-year-old and no, she wasn’t hurt as it turned out. She’d unearthed the first strawberry from her very own little garden. It didn’t matter this minute little red dot was the size of a fingernail; it was the first pickings from her personally planted plot.

Ellie’s passion for gardening is growing at the same rate as her interest in cooking, which makes me smile given that my mother is a chef and my father was a green fingered master. Sadly they are not on hand to foster this interest, so I have turned to those nearest and dearest on our doorstep to help.

Gardening at altitude with 59 growing days is no mean feat, but luckily our efforts are under the watchful eye of Aunt Cathy. The bounty from her raised beds could fill a farmers market and thankfully for us all she is happy to share.



An invitation to dinner at her Pine Street home has us all running. For my kids half the fun is harvesting what they’d like to eat. For me that’s a blessing as they’ll devour vegetables they’d otherwise turn their noses up at. Last week as they stood in the garden oblivious of the light rain falling, they clambered through greens unearthing a medley of flavors for us all to sample.

I watched the smile radiating from Ellie’s face as she savored a strawberry declaring it comparable in taste to her own. Next time we dine together it will be her little garden that will supply a feast fit for Cathy.



Born and raised in Scotland, Suzi Mitchell moved to Steamboat in 2002. After earning a bachelor’s degree in business, she strapped on a backpack and traveled the world before settling on a career in golf tourism. After marrying an American, home became the Yampa Valley. Time spent in marketing and public relations led to a passion for writing. She now works as a freelance journalist and blogger with articles published on both sides of the Atlantic. When not researching for an impending series of children’s books, this energetic mom of three can be found chasing wayward golf balls on the Haymaker Golf Course or fishing the Yampa.


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