I’ve thought a lot about the state of the world lately as we’ve been picking the fruit in the orchard and harvesting vegetables and herbs from the potager and the herb garden. It seems to me a sad thing, that for all the miracles of modern science and technology, so many of the supposed advances we make distance us more and more from our connection to the earth.
There’s nothing quite like growing the food you eat – whether you have a full sized vegetable plot or a few herbs on a windowsill – to experience the pleasure of connecting with the earth and participating in the cycles of nature and the seasons. Having increased our efforts in the vegetable garden and orchard this year, we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy our own produce with almost every meal and are even about to embark on a spot of home brewing and cider making. One of the greatest pleasures is to go out each evening to pick vegetables for dinner and best of all, to find some ripe tomatoes for our salad. They can be a bit of a motley assortment at times depending on the weather but whatever their appearance the taste is sublime.
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