Vedette and Virginia

Vedette Cordes, at left, and Virginia Palis stand with a medley of eggplants from Palis Fruit Farm.

Every summer, I like to check in with the mother-daughter duo of Virginia Palis and Vedette Cordes to see what they’re growing.

At the behest of Michigan State University Extension Vegetable Production Educator Ron Goldy, they typically grow unordinary vegetables.


An elongated eggplant is shown.

Armenian salad

Armenian Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Basil is shown.

Colorful Eggplant and Tomato Tart

Colorful Eggplant and Tomato Tart is featured in “Plat du Jour: French Dinners Made Easy” by Susan Herrmann Loomis.

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