Thursday, June 09, 2011
Introducing The Westbrooks And Their Garden.
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By Tim Enloe; Accessmilton.com
As many Milton residents know, the area that is known today as North Fulton County initially had it's start in agriculture.
Large, 100 to 1000 acre farms were still common place even as recent as the 1970's.
These agrarian businesses dealt with many different types of stock and produce, from cattle and pigs to corn and cotton. Green Farm, originally located in Crabapple, is actually on the record books for having grown one of the largest plumes of cotton in the state. Those familiar with Silos park can see what is left of this farm today.
With so many subdivisions and strip centers taking the place of this unique lifestyle, those that farmed this land are also becoming part of our history books as well. Thankfully in Milton, we still have a few citizens who not only lived that simple but hard life, but actually still practice it to some degree today.
Enter Mr. Paul Westbrook and wife Barbara; residents of what is now Milton Georgia going on 80 years.
Recently, this wonderful couple was kind enough to invite Accessmilton.com in for a visit and to tour their two plus acre garden.
While I have gardened since I was eight, I can tell you that I have never toiled in a garden of this magnitude and perfection. Interested in learning the trade yourself? Then call the Westbrooks and just listen.
To see this piece of land is a sight to behold; with rows loaded with 50 plus plants each carrying such favorites as squash, broccoli, and tomatoes. And you can throw that belief that age can slow you down out the window; it was tough to find one weed and everything is neat as a pin.
For the past two years, the Westbrooks have been a great asset to what is now known as "The Milton Market." While their tailgate is always a beehive of activity, their blue berries typically sell out within a couple of hours and any gardener will tell you that Westbrook tomatoes are hard to beat.
People like Paul & Barbara Westbrook are truly treasures to the City of Milton. The knowledge and experience they have cannot be surpassed. They are living history of what once was. With that, I encourage you to reach out to the Westbrooks as well. Just bring some sweet tea and smile; the rest will fall right into place...
Posted by Accessmilton Admin at Thursday, June 09, 2011