Plenty Good Eating

Even as our summer gardens are winding down and, in some cases, biting the dust, and even though we’re a couple of months away from what we hope will be productive fall gardens, nature certainly hasn’t stopped giving us good food.

Our melons are coming in strong and we still have plenty of tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, winter squash, beans, potatoes and other goodies.

And over the last two days our shiitake mushroom logs have started cranking out their amazing goodness.

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It’s gotten to the point now that we spend very little money on food. Cherie told me that in one of her last visits to the grocery store the only thing she bought was butter.

We often joke that our home-grown meals would cost a small fortune in a restaurant.

Nothing is guaranteed of course. Humans have always depended upon nature to provide their food, and sometimes that relationship could be fragile.

We live in a good time now. With a little effort we can produce much of our food ourselves, without having to worry that we’ll starve if our efforts fail.

So a little work on a winter day and the small cost of a packet of mushroom spawn gives us oak-grown gourmet mushrooms for years. That’s a very fair trade.

Today is market day, so I’ll spend the morning harvesting whatever the gardens have seen fit to provide since Friday. This time of year production is lower than earlier in the summer, but I’m confident we’ll have lots of great food to share with our community.

Plenty good eating this time of year.

 

 

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22 comments on “Plenty Good Eating

  1. Joanna says:

    Hmmm mushrooms, not dug over by the wild boar – now that would be good. Not sure what we will get this year, haven’t even had the chance to look yet. I think we need to go for the reliable method and supplement with the wild.

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  2. BeeHappee says:

    “So a little work on a winter day and the small cost of a packet of mushroom spawn gives us oak-grown gourmet mushrooms for years.” – Bill, can you describe what you did with those mushroom logs?

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  3. Laurie Graves says:

    Yes, yes! And what mushrooms!

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  4. Those mushrooms sure look tasty, nice job and I know it must feel good to grow most of your own food and not have to worry about what might be in it.

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  5. Zambian Lady says:

    I would not mind partaking of the mushrooms and tomatoes. The way ‘she’ is carrying the mushrooms reminds me of the times we would stumble upon wild vegetables in the bush as kids. We would pick them and then carry them home on the edges of our dresses. Ah, good memories.

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    • Bill says:

      That’s my wife Cherie, using her apron. I remember that my Granny used to collect the eggs in her apron like that. If I’m wearing a t-shirt I’ll often carry produce in it that way. Picking okra requires both hands, so I sometimes fold up the bottom of my t-shirt and hold it in my mouth to give me a place to put the okra. If anyone saw me doing that I’m sure the sight would be amusing.

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    • BeeHappee says:

      We did same thing, ZL. 🙂 With strawberries, gooseberries, or apples, or sugar snap peas. Would carry a dress full of sugar snap peas to the bench under the shade of cherry trees, then eat them up.

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  6. smcasson says:

    Man those mushrooms look good.

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  7. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Why Bill, that’s a lovely apron you’ve got there… Don’t y’all just look stunning in pink?!
    But, hey man, *seriously* when you’re harvesting beauties like that, you can use whatever works best; )
    Yup, it’s definitely time to make an investment in mushroom “futures” (Oak logs, you say?: )

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    • Bill says:

      That’s Cherie, in one of her homemade aprons, although it is possible that I might look dashing in a pink apron.

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      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        Oops. (My apologies, Cherie. xo)
        Yknow, I sometimes do the two-handed t-shirt harvesting pouch thing too… But found that concentrating on keeping a grip on the tail of the shirt, picking, looking for the next target, and breathing – all at the same time – were just too many ways to split the concentration and would wind up with a drooly, spit mark on my shirt… (Always have had trouble keeping my mouth shut, lol!; )
        And thanks for the info on seeding mushroom log!s: )

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  8. EllaDee says:

    Whenever you post a pic of your meals, I’m always pleasantly envious. Testimony to famer and cook. Plenty good eating is the best ‘diet’ ever.

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