Saturday, January 12, 2013
Making the most of what I have
Nothing special, right?
Well, that depends on your point of view. I'm pretty pleased with this big pot of soup for the following reason - the ingredients, which consist of potatoes, carrots, kale, sorrel, garlic and green beans, all grown by me; onions and okra from the farmer's market; tomatoes - home grown and canned; chicken stock - made by me from a summer's worth of farmer's market bbq. And barley, the only ingredient that came from the supermarket.
I still want more land to grow things (and keep critters on), but when I look at this relatively unspectacular pot of soup, I realize how much I've done with the small space that I have right now.
And that's the important thing about this pot of soup. It shows me that while I haven't yet gotten to where I want to be, I'm not sitting on my hands waiting for things to happen. If the most my urban farm will give me is the occasional pot of kickass vegetable soup and lots of fluffy omelets, then I'm going to enjoy them for all they're worth, and plot my next move on a full stomach.