Some parts of Harford County are still agricultural communities.
A few decades back, the number one money crop became new houses as farmers cashed in their land, developers created new residential communities and subdivisions overtook many an open field or a patch of woods.
Before the sustained housing boom transformed Harford into a suburban, commuter county, agriculture sustained many families. For a good half-century after construction of Aberdeen Proving Ground began, agriculture and armament, as one of Aberdeen’s past town slogans claimed, were the two most vital parts of the county’s economic foundation.
The Aegis, in our 162nd year of serving Harford County, was as agricultural in its coverage as any other successful business was in serving the farming community. We bring that up because of our tradition of publishing pictures and/or stories of what we lovingly refer to as “unusually large fruit and vegetables.”
The Aegis has always practiced scrapbook journalism; you send us a picture or a write-up and we will publish it. The theory is people buy the paper and extra copies, cut out the piece they want to save and share it with family and friends.
Among the many things people want to share are prized products from their farms or gardens. Hence, why we use the phrase “unusually large fruit and vegetables.” There haven’t been as many in recent years as times, people’s interests and social media have changed much of that.
That is until Wednesday’s Aegis and the picture of Jordan Bogarty, a 10-year-old at Jarrettsville Elementary School, and his giant, prize-winning cabbage spread across the front page of pp&t.
He not only earned $1,000 and a lot of community recognition for his 26.52-pound cabbage, but also he became the latest to join produce owner to join the heritage of unusually large fruit and vegetables published in The Aegis. Congratulations, Jordan.