The weatherman is saying that it is supposed to be a beautiful weekend here in Truro, so it’s time to get the garden ready.
D’Arcy & I have always been fairly conscious about what we eat, however our interest in where our food comes from was sky-rocketed to a new level when our daughter was diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies two summers ago. Her allergies were so severe that we hesitated to take her into the grocery store; she would break out into hives if I sat her in the cart where a previous child might have been eating a cookie from the “cookie club”. In the winter especially, when all the peanuts & tree nuts are out en mass, we had to feed her canned or frozen fruit & vegetables just in case somebody else had lifted their bag of nuts over our produce, leaving unseen dust behind. It took a long time for us to come to terms with the fact that this small amount we can’t necessarily see is enough to send her into anaphylaxis.
Last year, we decided to plant a garden of our own.
D’Arcy rented a sod cutter & a rototiller and away we went. It was a family affair as we tore out a rock garden and started digging into the lawn.
My father came down and helped us with the planting and we planted carrots, onions, garlic, beets, spinach, yellow peppers, red peppers, broccoli, sugar peas, green beans, cilantro, basil & sunflowers. Oh yes, and tomatoes – lots of tomatoes! We ended up with about 50o tomatoes, using them to make green tomato chow, salsa and tomato sauce. We served and gave them away to guests & family, and told the other B&B’s in the area to come over with their baskets and take as many as they wanted…
It was very satisfying to grow our own food and oh, so convenient to just run out the back door to grab what we needed for supper (or breakfast!).
We have long supported one local farm and buy the majority of our meat and strawberries at Riverbreeze Farm Market. (They also have an awesome corn maze that is fun to go through in the fall!) This year, we are going one step further and have joined Club Salad Bowl Gardens, a Community-Shared-Agriculture style delivery program. Every Tuesday, for 18 weeks starting in June, we will receive a box of organic goodies (whatever is ready to be picked!) from a local farm. This will supplement what we just don’t have room to grow. It makes me hungry just thinking about it!!
Happy Earth Day!