Harvest Seasons Is Here –
Why You Should Grow Your Own Veggies
As our regular readers know, @AtlHoneyBoy John Wright and his team are committed to eating local, seasonal, organic food. We refer to eating this way as “eating real food” because this is the food we grew up with. Our families always grew some of their own food. In fact, my mother canned our fresh veggies and fruits and stored them in the back of our coat closet, which was under the stairs to the attic. In later years we had a freezer full of produce from our own garden. Having organic, pesticide free food year round is one of the best reasons to grow your own veggies and fruits.
As you can see from the above photo, we began to harvest eggplants, peppers, herbs, and tomatoes over the past week. It’s amazing to go out to the deck and snip off produce, which we grew in containers, and then wash it and make meals right there when the vitamin and mineral content of the food is high. From this first harvest, we were able to make fresh tomato sauce, basil tomato soup, Thai pork and eggplant, and tomato and pepper salad. We were also able to freeze basil and jalapenos for future use.
Since we’ve carefully worked with the organic soil in our containers, make and augment the soil with our own compost and ground up egg shells, the cost of a spring and summer harvest of fresh, organic vegetables is less than $40. This year that especially is true since it’s rained so much, and we rarely have to water our plants. We only had to buy organic plants, plain epsom salt, and a small bag of organic fertilizer.
So, as you can see, when you grow your own veggies, you and your family eat health-producing real food at a cost almost everyone can afford. We encourage you to at least grow your own organic herbs in containers on your window sill, and what you can’t grow yourself, buy at your local farmer’s markets.
For a list of the farmer’s markets where you can taste Bee Wild wild-crafted honeys and test our honey body products, see our calendar on our home page. Additionally, stay tuned for tomorrow’s article on making your own fresh tomato sauce. With organic brown rice or quinoa pasta and a nice organic mixed salad, this is a meal fit for kings and queens!