Once you have grown your own food, groceries take on a whole new category of appreciation.
Everyone talks about how homegrown tomatoes taste so much better than store-bought, which they do, but it’s more than that. Moving to an apartment and still living under the threat of Covid, a recent grocery delivery showed me just how much my perspective on food has changed, being a gardener.
So many people and steps were involved with something that used to grow freely in my yard. This is true of every food we eat that we do not grow at home. And I am grateful to all those people.
Have I planted cilantro seeds in a pot on my balcony? I have. But that isn’t always an option.
I cut open the last Valencia orange from my California home to use while cooking some black beans a couple of nights ago. I had to take a bite. It was so sweet and delicious! It made me a little sad to have left so much behind. Will a store-bought orange ever taste so good? It will certainly never be as fresh.
Can I grow oranges in my Seattle apartment? I don’t know yet. But I will find out. And I will love being closer to my children and grandchildren as I learn.
You can grow a surprising amount of food in your own yard. Ask me how!
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