….when you have an awesome neighbor with a huge one?
We have a retired neighbor that has a passion for growing fruits and vegetables. Every year, he plants a massive garden. It’s just him and his wife, though, they can’t use it all, and they hate seeing it go to waste. This year, he discovered that our family would always take excess garden-fresh food! Although he isn’t into organics like we are, he had decided not to use any sprays this year. I’m not sure what changed his mind, as I know he always used Seven-dust in the past. In addition, his sister grows corn and his brother grows blueberries, and when gathering for us, he asked about their chemical use. What a blessing, as it turns out, that none of them used chemicals of any type this year!
In any case, he invited the kids over to do some picking in his garden.
We added all this bounty to some of the harvest from our garden, and have been eating like royalty lately (that is, assuming royalty eats veggies!). I told S on the phone tonight that it really is a blessing that is forcing us to eat healthy. In his absence, my days are often full of stress and hard labor, and I am exhausted by dinner time. It is so tempting, far too often, to gather the kiddos into the van and take them to a local diner for dinner. No cooking, no clean-up afterward, just sit and be served. Alas, I also hate seeing food go to waste. With the bounty of fresh food growing in our garden and the bucket loads our neighbor keeps bringing us, it is forcing me to find a little more energy most evenings to make a good dinner. Buttered sweet corn, steamed green beans, kholrabi hash browns, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, fresh salad, grass-fed beef in some form, blackberry popsicles, blueberry and kefir smoothies…..I admit, I have no guilt about what I’m feeding my family these days!