“Let things taste the way they are.”
– Alice Waters, chef, author, and owner of Chez Panisse
FARM TO TABLE
We live in an apartment, but fortunately for us we have balconies and a terrace space that has given us the wonderful option to grow our own farm to table produce. Herbs like basil, mint, parsley, oregano and others like lettuce, kale, pak choy, celery, spinach, fenugreek, rocket leaves, tomatoes, lime etc. Especially when they are in season.
Of course not enough to supplement our meals, but farm fresh produce to look forward too. All grown organically using naturally, composted manure. No chemicals added at all.
We have enough basil to last us through the year and I love the fact that it multiples so rapidly. The rest are fairy seasonal.
That’s our harvest from this morning. We are thrilled to finally be able to grow strawberries, after a few failed attempts.
We now await the little black grapes, the runner and French beans, the pumpkin flowers (for pakoras/fritters) if not the fruit. And more aubergines. I’m look forward to turning the flourishing summer basil into pesto.
The summers are harsh in India. Therefore the plants tend to take a beating and the harvest does taper off.
But yet, again the weather transits and we will have these glorious babies back. 🙂
Nothing beats farm to table, believe you me!
On a side note: I recently did an energy workshop and I learnt the importance of giving gratitude to the plants around us. I knew how plants benefit by being spoken to, but this workshop gave me the motivation to actualise this practise.
I have started having animated conversations with my plants these days. And yes they do respond!
Call me trippy, but it works wonders.
There is also enough research to prove that talking to plants gives them the much needed impetus to grow. Plants even respond to music.
How many of you talk to your plants?
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