|So Much Promise|
Local. Sustainable. "Farm" to table. I am one with my garden. Well actually not so much. I tried, I really did. "Good morning zucchini, how are you doing snap peas, love you tomatoes, blah, blah, blah." Instead of being one with my garden it's more like I'm one with the DWP - now that my water bill has gone up double digit percent and they've upgraded my account to platinum. I was in way over my head, not realizing that not only a lot of water, but a lot of care, cleaning, trimming, weeding, pruning, and feeding among other things went into this little old fashioned grow your own experience. Garden creatures apparently like collard greens and snap peas as much as I do so it's been a race to get them first - Losing! That abundance of zucchini has amounted to a sum total of 1, one, uno, aka the Lone Zucchini. Seven, count 'em, 7 snap peas. A few tops but not a carrot to be found. Lots of tomato leaves, and only 2 measly albeit teeny green fruit. A lonely bell pepper the size of a malted milk ball, something that looks like an exploded yellow cauliflower, and not a cilantro stem in sight.
|The Lone Zucchini|
|So Little Produce|
I will not abandon the "crops" now, but this will be my first and last vegetable garden. It's too much work, water, and worry. That one zucchini cost about $136. Now I know this much is true - store bought vegetables are a bargain. I truly appreciate how much is involved in turning a seed into a snap pea, and have renewed respect for farmers big and small, from near and far. Let the farmers do what they do best, which is make things grow in ways I apparently can't. Let the markets, both farmers and super, do what they do best which is make it all available every single day, at extremely reasonable prices, so that I can do some of my best things - shopping, cooking, and eating. Oh, and maybe I'll keep the the cute hat too.