This made me feel both impressed by what she has achieved in her garden and frustrated with myself.
I've worked on this property since we moved in, and though we are closer and closer to providing for ourselves all of our basic produce needs, we are not there yet. I still need to supplement what we grow and trade for with purchased items. I figured it was time to figure out how much we really do produce here, not in terms of weights, but in terms of purchases: what do I find myself buying?
In these produce items, we are completely self sufficient for the two of us (I may need to make purchases only when I am feeding a crowd):
Peppers, both hot and sweet (and pepper products, eg hot sauces, flakes, ground, etc)
Salad greens (in winter)
Tomatoes (and tomato products)
In these produce items, we are neighborhood-sufficient (we grow some of them and are able to trade through RIPE for the rest of our needs and wants):
In these items that we eat regularly when in season, we must make purchases (asterisked items are plants we grow but are not yet able to produce enough to keep from purchasing):
Blackberries and Raspberries*
Peaches and Nectarines*
Salad greens (in summer)
Looking through this gives me a new goal for this year: bump up the dry bean crop. I'd like to grow enough to get us through the year, and homegrown dry beans are so nice; they cook much more quickly and some varieties have wonderful, unique flavors. Plus, already purchased and on its way in April, a new tree will enter our yard—a Reed avocado. This list also makes me so happy to have the community in RIPE. Finally, writing this proves to me (for the umpteenth time, really, though I keep trying to ignore it) that we're never going to be completely self-sufficient in our produce needs. Just like in other parts of my life, I need to do what I can and not beat myself up about what I can't. My garden and my farmers' market are both healthy, good places. I'll enjoy them both.
|The first purple sprouting broccoli of the year.|