Gloucester teen is a winner: She made her mark at the fair and in the kitchen

Betty Wrenn Day - Posted on Sep 07, 2011 - 05:10 PM

Photo: Sarah Guinn holds her prize winning Moon and Stars watermelon which impressed judges at the Gloucester Fair. She’ll cut it for eating later. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day

Sarah Guinn holds her prize winning Moon and Stars watermelon which impressed judges at the Gloucester Fair. She’ll cut it for eating later. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day

At the age of 13, Sarah Guinn has already become a junior master gardener. She won 17 ribbons and two sweepstakes awards at this year’s Gloucester Fair for doing what she loves to do: farm in all its aspects. But her talent doesn’t stop in the garden; Sarah knows how to make use of the harvest in her mom’s kitchen.

Farming is a partnership with her dad, Dan Guinn. "My dad can grow anything," Sarah proudly states as a smile crosses her face.

The Guinns reside at Dutton but their garden is located in Harcum. Sarah and her dad plant, cultivate, nurture and then harvest, from one acre, tomatoes, potatoes, watermelons, beans, pumpkins, eggplants, peppers, cucumbers and squash, to name a few of their crops. Until Dan decided to purchase a Precision Garden seeder, he and Sarah would plant by hand. "This piece of equipment has made it much easier," she said

Their seeds come from everywhere. As a member of 4-H, Sarah has even brought home seeds the group obtained from a seed company free of charge. "They were last year’s seeds but every one came up."

What do they do with so much produce? "We give a lot away, freeze a lot, can some and use a great deal for our meals." Sarah has even been enterprising enough to set up a vegetable stand at the end of their drive.