truck garden

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

truck (trade) +‎ garden.

Noun[edit]

truck garden (plural truck gardens)

  1. A market garden, a farm raising produce meant to be sold locally.
    • 1792 November 4, George Washington, The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: 1745-1799, volume 32
      As the home house people (the industrious part of them at least) might want ground for their truck patches, they might, for this purpose, cultivate what would be cleared. But I would have the ground from the cross fence by the Spring, quite round by the Wharf, first grubbed, before the (above mentioned) is attempted.
    • 1901, Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery: An Autobiography, Chapter 14
      it is not strange that in the first years of our new life we began at the top instead of at the bottom; that a seat in Congress or the state legislature was more sought than real estate or industrial skill; that the political convention or stump speaking had more attractions than starting a dairy farm or truck garden.