We have a friend who ends each table grace with thanksgiving for "the farmers that grew it!" He's been involved in agriculture since college - probably before that, since that's what he studied in college. So he's especially aware of what it takes to be a farmer. Tonight I thought of Terry as I ate my first bowl of lettuce from my garden this year. In other years I've grown enough spring lettuce that I could hardly give it all away. Not so the last couple years - just can't seem to get it going. My Simpson Elite sprouts but won't grow - maybe I need to water a little more carefully? Perhaps it's been too hot?? I have a single square foot of mixed greens and one of arugula - both are doing well, and I harvested enough tonight for two bowls. Mmmmm! The spicy taste of arugula and the peppery mustard greens - Delicious! Sorry, Wegmans - your produce department just can't compare!
So I'm saying a prayer of thanksgiving for farmers, knowing that if I relied on myself to FEED myself, I'd quickly grow hungry! (Or more serious about gardening!) The Auburn Farmer's Market opens this Saturday and I hope to be one of the early customers. Will there be lettuce for sale? (My little bed of mixed greens isn't going to fully satisfy my desire for salads.) What about spinach or garlic scapes - a new culinary discovery from last year!
I thank God for the farmers that grow our food!