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.
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.