Thoughts on how far we’ve come…

…and how far we have yet to go.

So, today is October 1st. Three years ago today we bought this house and came here, with our eight-month-old daughter, directly from the closing, to start to pull up carpeting, shovel out old furniture, and pull down curtains…all to prepare it for the floor refinishers, the electrician and the drywaller. Whew.

I am showing you a picture of the shelves of canned goods. I have a slowly filling root cellar elsewhere, and the chest freezer is nearly full, and there are at least 15 pounds of dried beans that need to be shelled in the potting shed…and the gardens are still full of goodies, including about 100 pounds of potatoes. There’s a good three pounds of garlic braided and hanging in the kitchen. My mention of these things is really simply a wrap-up of September’s Eat Local Challenge. And I have a long way to go.

But the recent Harvest Moon got me in mind of this whole “eating-in-season” idea. What would the ideal be, I thought to myself. The ideal, of course, is what most everybody has now: the denial of the seasons that our first-world global-access grocery stores offer us. But what would it truly mean, that is, to deny the seasons and STILL do what I am doing on my 100-Foot Diet?

I am going to seriously look into this. I have a feeling the greenhouse will help.

7 responses to “Thoughts on how far we’ve come…

  1. Your shelves remind me of my Mother. She and my Dad used to grow and can all their own veggies. To me their shelves looked like a work of art with all the colorful veggies canned and sitting in rows. Yummy too.

    Lisa at Greenbow

  2. Now that is one beautiful sight.

    You’ve got me thinking I should flash my own pantry. 🙂

  3. You are really prepared! I don’t think you would technically be denying the seasons with your greenhouse. Just sort of extending them. I don’t think you’ll be eating cantelope in the middle of February, but you may some some awesome greens!

  4. Jealous. Thats all I can say. Other than how good it all looks, of course!

  5. Lisa: I swear I am channeling the farm mom who used to live in our house. She raised ten children here!

    Liz: I go downstairs and I smile; I can’t help myself. Please do show us your stash!

    Aw, Meredith, how many cantelopes can one eat? I think we eat maybe three a year. But yeah I am big on the greens thing.

    Frugalmom: It’s (also) been an exercise in frugality, so I am glad I’m getting the thumb’s-up!

  6. Just found you! thanks for sharing your process!
    A few of us have got an urban farm project underway, and after 10 years of gardening on my own, i sure am liking the collective approach!
    i’m slowly working towards eating within my region, i just haven’t been able to buy a tomato off season since 1. i know what they taste like right out of the garden and 2. the energy used to truck them 2000 miles to get here.
    What’s really exciting is that i meet so many people in the city that want to learn to can!!! 🙂
    Hope your winter is filled with beautiful musings on future plantings!
    Be well, Linda

  7. Linda: Yay! Glad you found me. I agree a bit of communitarianism certainly helps one grab the spirit and run with it. I rue the loss of the days when towns actually had community kitchens and canning centers in the days of WW2. Would that we could have a community bakery! Gosh, that would be wonderful. I am glad you piped up though: I am eager to read more about you and your project! Warm thoughts….

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