I am not sure what happened to me today. Allergies finally got to me? Antihistamine induced insanity? I lost it a bit. Just a little bit.. I hope you understand my friends, but I really need to get these rambling thoughts out of my head.
It all started a week ago. There was a sign~ 16 acres with a house / barn on the border of a local park, near our suburban area. NOT that I am leaving (or thinking of leaving) my bit of suburban utopia, but I was curious.. so I called. The gentleman was nice on the phone. It was his mother's home of 98 years. He doesn't want the property subdivided. It is zoned agricultural. The price (hold on to your hat).. 1.5 million. Gasp.... Not so reasonable for a small farmer?
Then I checked out Helen and Scott Nearing's book 'The Good Life: How to Live Sanely and Simply in a Troubled World" from the library. It is a very good read. The photo above is from their garden in their first house in Vermont. I got to the principles that governed their gardening last night:
- Live 12 months of the year from the garden.
- Eat fresh, unprocessed food.
- Eat a variety of food to furnish a well rounded diet.
- Reduce canning and preserving to a minimum.
Sounds good right? We are working on it here in our garden slowly... Each year we learn and try a little more. Yes, I'd rather buy a compost spinner than an outfit from Macy's (sad but true). I love growing our food. It isn't easy. I am still learning and trying to eat local..
Green Beans ~ from Guatemala
Cantaloupe ~ from Honduras
Watermelon and Mango ~ from Nicaragua
Sweet Onion, zucchini, asparagus, and cucumbers ~ from Mexico
The only cucumber I could find from the USA was plastic wrapped. I stood there waiving my cucumber and thought.. get out.. get out before they arrest you for causing a riot in produce! No one cares if the melons are from Honduras!!
I got to the checkout and the plastic wrapped cuke was still in my vegetable-less basket. I bought it and slunk to my car.
Be gentle with me.
Too much reading?
I'll get myself pulled together. This week ~ going to check out an all season farmer's market. For now, I am going to pull on a coat and hat (it's sleeting) and go talk to the cold frame. Maybe if I talk nice to it the lettuce will come..
Thanks for listening..