I’ve come to the conclusion that I’d be a rotten farmer. I have way too many things going on at once to keep up with my kitchen garden as I ought to – especially now that it’s actually producing. I ended up finding a bunch of ripe pea pods yesterday afternoon and after my initial delight, all I could do was look at them and think ugh – now I have to shell these things. I’m almost dreading what it will be like when the tomatoes are ready.
Thank goodness I didn’t plant any zucchini! I still haven’t made any jam from last years’ raspberries!
Perhaps some of my feelings of inadequacy are exacerbated by the fact that I’m reading a good book called The Seasons on Henry’s Farm: A Year of Food and Life on a Sustainable Farm . It is super interesting and I am learning a lot about various plants and how to care for them and since the book also includes recipes I am also learning new ways to enjoy fresh produce and also how to preserve it for later. For instance, I didn’t know that you could simply quarter tomatoes and freeze them without cooking them first.
I have the feeling that that particular tip is going to come in very handy!
I already knew that gardening was hard work and that caring for things properly could take a lot of time when it is growing season just from trying to keep up with my own yard – multiple that times infinity to take in the amount of work required to run a commercial farm. Simply reading about what all the family members of Henry’s Farm do on a daily basis just to keep up makes me tired – and gives me an even greater appreciation for the farmers at our local farmers and the prices they charge for the excellent produce they bring to sell twice a week.
Hmmm… maybe instead of trying to grow things myself I ought to just accept my limitations and go to the local farmer’s market to support the people who know how to do it all right!