Mavis Garden Blog – Channel Your Inner Pilgrim Episode 1 : Free Carrots


I’m pretty sure my family is not going to be able to eat 2,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables this summer.  So I’ve decided that each week, as my crops ripen, I’ll give some of it away. For free.

I hope you enjoy the video.


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  1. says

    Fun episode, but the big question is not “Where did you get the pilgrim outfit?”, but “How did you get your carrots to grow so well?”

    First time carrot planter this year, and although they taste FANTASTIC, my carrots haven’t been prolific, nor have they been nice and long. They’re short and stubby, even though they’ve been in the ground since March.


    • Talaena says

      It’s my understanding that carrots are really picky about their soil. For them to grow long they need to have near perfect soil. No rocks, well spaced, and well rota-tiled before planted. Hope that helps a little, I’m sure there is much about carrot growing that I have yet to learn!

  2. LaToya says

    So awesome. And your daughter telling you that they think you’re weird and when you asked if you look like you’re on crack and she says “a little bit” – ROTFL!! I’d totally stop and pirate all the free carrots. This morning we are off to free IHOP for taking a survey…and booking our free kid haircuts for the month of August at JC Penney…and then at noon we’ll be at Starbucks for the free Refreshers drinks – happy Friday, Miss Mavis!

  3. says

    We grew a lot of carrots too – between the chickens and my daughter’s rabbit they are getting gone FAST! :)

    Loved the video, especially the intro about “I don’t go to the tanning salons or the wine bars…” :) You and I think a lot alike!

    • Mavis says

      Yes! They invited me to the concert in the park next Tuesday. You don’t see it in the video, but as they were walking away it clicked who they where and I was like “Hey, i bought your CD at the Bellevue Arts Fair a couple of years ago.”

      What a small world. :)

  4. m says

    omg, so awesome and funny!!! you are my most favorite person to follow, never know what you’ll be doing! Such an INSPIRATION!!!!
    (btw….i agree with the suggestion of putting “heirloom” carrots on your vitacost cardboard. ha ha hit the farmers market with that and your outfit, you’ll be raided to the point you wish you had bodygaurds!)

  5. Deanna says

    Too bad you are so far away!!! If we lived closer (Im in Portland) I think we would be great friends. You are as crazy as I am! Our kids would have support for their nutty mom’s gutzy behaviors. God bless you, Ill cover Oregon, clearly you have Washington state under control!

  6. says

    This made me laugh and think….we are very alike. I lOVE to dress up. I often dress up as a teacher if the lesson allows it. Too funny and generous Mavis. Well done Pilgrim Servant. LOL

  7. Dawn says

    Love it! I needed some comedy relief!! My husband would have a cow if I were to do something like that, although that may not stop me!!

  8. Mary Ann says

    Hilarious — LOVE it!!! Can’t wait to see the people start lining up when they get used to you out there giving away veggies! I’ll bet you’ll make the local news for this if you continue!

  9. Beth says


    You crack me up….love what you are doing! My 14 year old daughter would be mortified….I get in trouble for just “car dancing”….can’t wait to show her this! She loved you when she met you at a coupon seminar in Boise last fall….you were in your pjs! Thanks for making me laugh!

  10. Julie2 says

    Just priceless.

    So, whats a girl got to do to make you notice her and become a barter buddy with you. My stockpile isnt huge but its varied, and I live in Olympia.

  11. CathyB says

    I was drinking my coffee when I got to the part where your daughter started making comments from behind the camera – and almost spewed my coffee all over the computer because I was laughing so hard!

  12. Saralie says

    Great video! If you want to keep your carrots longer….what i do is cut the tops off (leaving the top of carrot exposed) and then layer them in clean sand in big rubbermaid containers. I then have nice crunchy carrots through the winter. Keep the videos coming you are hilarious!

  13. says

    I loved the camera girl’s comments as well:-). Did you know you can dehydrate carrots? They shrink down super small and can be reconstituted in soups. I’ve pressure canned them in the past, but they got too soft for my liking.

    I think you should make this some sort of a routine…like every other Saturday you hang out at a particular place in town. Folks will start looking for you to see what you’re giving away:-).

  14. Elizabeth says

    Mavis….you make me proud to be a fellow gardener here in Washington State. Saw the story about you on CNN today. I will now be following your blog. Girl….you rock!!!!

  15. says

    Mavis, jump on up to Seattle and hand out collards with me! HA! Just unloaded a pound on an unsuspecting neighbor and they were pumped!

  16. KJ says

    Omg! Your are really nuts Mrs. Mavis so bummed I missed the carrot giveaway! Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  17. Michelle says

    You are hilarious!! And the comments from your daughter are CLASSIC!! Oh my gosh…I laughed so hard at her I was crying. And then at the end of the video I was crying for a different reason…the photos were so sweet. Love it…can’t wait to see more. xo

  18. says

    Just showed the kids the video. They shrieked with laughter, and several of them announced loudly that “Mavis is nuts!”

    Also, you can store carrots by digging a hole, lining it with lots of sawdust, and burying the carrots in layers of dust. Lid the hole with boards. My dad does it.

  19. darlene says

    Funny!!!! You can actually leave carrots in the ground throughout the winter. Cover them with straw and continue to pull up and use. They store very well that way with minimal effort.

      • darlene says

        I should tell you that the tops will die off but the carrots will be great underneath and acutally get sweeter as winter progresses. You do have to use them before the next spring however, because they will sprout and go to seed. Which reminds me, I was thinking to ask if you had ever considered making YOUR OWN seeds from your produce. The process is super easy and we have literally had the some of the “same” produce for years.

        • Mavis says

          I do save some of my seeds. Yep, I don’t think I have ever collected carrot seeds before though. Maybe I’ll try this year.

  20. AllisonH says

    I LOVE this idea!!! I was seriously cracking up at the video:) Can’t wait to see what you give away next!

  21. crystal conway says

    I would juice the carrots everyday if I had that many! And please donate your bounty to local foodbank, there are a lot in the south sound area, I know because a few years ago I had to visit some cause I didn’t have enough money for food. There is rarely fresh produce at them and would be much appreciated. It could possibly even be a tax write off somehow too.

  22. says

    This is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen–and I love your daughter’s response when you ask if you look like you’re on crack…hysterical! You are awesome on camera, your personality shines:)

  23. Amy says

    You are a riot! This video was so much fun and look at all the beta-carotene love you shared! Many smiles! Thanks for sharing this wonderful site with the world, such a great resource!

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