When I tell people we grow almost all our own vegetables, I get a lot of comments like, “Wow! That’s impressive!”
I shrug—I think if they really knew, they wouldn’t be impressed.
Truth is, I think I grow so many vegetables because I’m just not cut out for the modern world.
I drove into town today for groceries and to finish (do) my Christmas shopping. I had already put the job off for several days while I found other, more important things to do in the garden. Then I timed my arrival in town with the opening of the shops, so the crowds would be less. I came armed with multiple lists—a list of destinations, and a list of items to be purchased at each location. I ticked them off, one by one, feeling the stress level mount as the morning wore on.
Noon came and went, and I was still working through my lists. The crowds grew. I got stuck in traffic. I didn’t stop for anything to eat or drink, lest the whole trip take longer.
I finally made it home just before 2 pm, exhausted, irritable, and completely stressed.
A little lunch and an hour of hard physical labour in the garden restored me.
Growing our food means I don’t have to go for groceries as frequently. I don’t have to deal with parking, stores, financial transactions, deciding what to buy of the endless array of products on the shelf. Sure, it may take four months to get a tomato, but at least I don’t have to go to the store to get it.