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July 30, 2013

Pick your own

If you’re lucky, you have an acre or two  for a garden. Or a good-sized back yard. Not so lucky, you’ve got pots on the balcony and raise some cherry tomatoes.IMG_1268

Without any of these, you need to get yourself to the country and pick-your-own.

It’s not just a pleasant way to spend a Saturday in high summer, it’s absolutely crucial.

First, it’s good to be surrounded by sky and fresh air and things that are growing.

Second, it’s good to be reminded that before there is food, there is plowing, fertilizing, planting, weeding, pruning and harvesting. Stoop labor is just about the hardest kind there is and it takes a lot of bending and reaching and picking to get half a pound of green beans.

Just walking through a furrowed field is a challenge. And nothing puts up a fight to protect its fruit like a zucchini plant.IMG_1300

Third – but first in importance really – it’s good to remember what food tastes like. It is so easy easy to get used to dried out squash, cardboard tomatoes and limp beans that we don’t even complain. Come to think of it, who would you complain to? Mr. Agribusiness, he’s never home. . .

So we did that on Saturday, drove many miles to pick our own.  It wasn’t as cheap as the supermarket and as always you get more than you really need, but all through dinner all we talked about was how good everything tasted. That was a nice change.

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4 Comments »

  1. wonderful! what a fun day 😉

    Comment by ninachat — July 30, 2013 @ 3:04 pm | Reply

  2. Your field day reminds me of a weekend I spent on a working farm while in college. They had a huge vegetable garden and I was sent to pick veggies for lunch! The green beans and squash were so flavorful. The farm family took the whole thing for granted – of course veggies all have flavor, color, sweetness…

    Comment by Celia Carroll — July 30, 2013 @ 5:52 pm | Reply

  3. Wonderful! Wish I was there too.

    Comment by galyatarmu — July 31, 2013 @ 4:07 pm | Reply

  4. I loved every green bean lettuce leaf and tomato, the squash also a treat thank you

    Comment by jchatoff — August 17, 2013 @ 1:53 pm | Reply


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