Today is day 26 of the July Food Stamp Challenge, and it’s amazing how little I seem to be shopping for food. Part of this is due to having multiple $10-off-$50 Safeway coupons, which necessitate large shopping trips, (I’ve done two this month) and also due to everyone’s garden bounty that comes my way.
Just yesterday, I took my kids to visit my sister Sara who lives and works on a small organic farm about an hour outside of Portland. As farm manager, she has planted a large vegetable garden, built a huge fenced-in chicken coop, started up a C.S.A and played lots of guitar and banjo. We did not go to rob her of her produce, but we did leave with our arms laden down with bounty. Cherries, eggs, zucchini, salad mix, (from some bolted lettuce and nasturtiums) and our bellies full of peas, tomatoes, wheat berries and veggie burritos.
My sons spent hours playing with the chickens, catching tree frogs, exploring the farm and running around learning to identify coyote poop. (It’s black and filled with cherry pits.) But why tell, when I can show?
Yup, it was a good day.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”