I now have 15 Kentucky bean seedlings coming up, 3 itty bitty basil seedlings are starting to raise their heads as are several courgettes (zucchini) and early gem corn. Still no sign of capsicum or coriander. Tomorrow I think I’ll transplant a few of the tomato seedlings into pots and put the string up for the beans to climb. I purchased a few organic bok choi seedlings which I now need to find some pots for.
I went into a supermarket yesterday for the first time in months and I hated it, it freaked me out. There were rows and rows of fruit and vegetables, some forced to grow out of season so they could be labeled “grown in NZ” but many many many of them imported from overseas. It got extremely anxious about purchasing anything, aside from that fact that it wasn’t organic, the way it’s grown or shipped, the carbon miles involved in getting it to the supermarket, it just made me so frustrated with the world. I hate that we think we can have fresh tomatoes all year round, that if I want a cucumber I can pop into a supermarket at any time of year and there it is. We’ve lost our ability to cook to the seasons, I’ve been finding it extremely difficult to purchase a cookbook that caters to delicious seasonal cooking. I love cooking, I love picking up a recipe book and going “I’ll make…. this one” and simply grabbing all the ingredients and off I go, but when you are only purchasing organic vegetables, there is a hugely limited variety of things during winter, and basically the entire thing can just feel likes it too much and not worth the effort.
It’s because if this feeling of just giving up that I’m grateful that I have Craig around. When I came home from my shopping trip, rather then saying “yeah it’s too hard, don’t stress about it and buy what you want, when you want” he went through with me the items I had ended up purchasing from the supermarket, working out with me what we could do ourselves in the future and what we could do with out. I became inspired all over again about growing my own food, organic, seasonal and fresh. I made us a fish curry for dinner and looked at the herbs and spices, this time only the coriander seeds were from my own harvest, but I could see how easy it would be to produce all those things myself. I enjoyed the image of me popping down to the beach or a river and fishing and I felt much more at peace with the world again.