It's hard to believe it's time to pick corn again, but it is and this morning pick we did. Before I sat down to write to you, we put up our delicious, sticky sweet bounty. Unless we change our mind, which Mr. Steward is prone to do, this will be the last year we will pick corn we grew ourselves. Up until last year Jackie and I always put in a big garden and as those of you who raise a garden yourself know, gardening is a lot of hard work. And in addition to the work there are a multitude of variables must constantly battle in order to see any fruits of your labors. Rain, drought, insects, animals all prove to be formidable adversaries when it comes to protecting a garden. Last year Jackie and I made the mutual decision to no longer continue the annual gardening ritual and honestly it was not a hard decision to make.
We loved the whole idea of gardening and for many years took much satisfaction in consuming food that we ourselves grew and preserved. We are of the mindset that all of the chemicals used in commercially produced food are responsible for the overwhelming majority of disease and illness seen in today's population. Growing our own garden was one cost effective way we could avoid many of those toxins we wanted to avoid. However with crop dusting on the rise and unavoidable run off from neighboring farms exposing our garden to the very things we wished to avoid we had no choice but to concede our best efforts had proven futile.
Then there is the expense involved in gardening which extends well past the cost of actually planting the garden to the preserving of the produce. Regardless if you freeze or can there is not only the cost of the supplies such as freezer containers or storage bags, jars, lids and canners, but other recipe ingredients and things such as electric. Additionally you must have ample space to store all of the items in which you have canned or plan to freeze. Plus food preservation takes and inordinate amount of time. There is no quick way to go about it.
The last consideration which went into our decision to grow grass instead of vegetables was our appetites. Jackie and I just do not eat enough to justify all the time and money which was required to raise and preserve a successful garden. Truth be told the last few years we gave away at least half of what we grew. We did try selling some of our excess vegetables however being surrounded by Amish neighbors selling a variety of wares our offerings paled in comparison and we didn't sell a thing.
Today the supermarkets offer organic and non GMO food products in just about anything they offer in a conventional product. Yes they are a bit higher in price but you are paying for food ingredients only and not fillers, preservatives, artificial colors and dyes or any other ingredient that in and of themselves you would not think to consume. And in the long run it may actually save you money because when you eat real food you eat less because your body knows it has derived the proper nutrients it needs for fuel and survival.
I believe a good rule of thumb is make as much of your food from scratch as you possibly can, staying away from packaged and processed food. If a food contains ingredients you cannot pronounce nor do you know what they are, don't eat it. God gave us a huge bounty of food to eat devoid of all thing bad for our health which fuels our bodies and are delicious. It matters not if we grow them ourselves or buy them at the grocery it's just a matter of choice.
Until we meet here again, I pray God bless you and keep your loved ones safe.