|The "tomato table"|
At times this feels very overwhelming. I will admit, sometimes when I look at the "tomato table", as it has come to be called, I inwardly groan. That's the tomato table in the photo above. I know it is not pretty, but I am keeping it real. I also have a fridge full of cukes, squash, zucchini and eggplants that need a final resting place. I often choose not to think of those.
I can barely keep up with processing everything. I am often up until midnight waiting for something to finish cooling so I can store it, pull it out of the canner, etc. Last night I dreamed I was chopping veggies for canning!
That feeling quickly passes, however, when I think about how many people are struggling this year with their gardens and more importantly, their farms. Drought and heat are taking their toll throughout the country. I worry that this may be how things are more and more in the future. This year I got very lucky and I know and appreciate it!
I also think about all of the people in this country who struggle to get enough food. I know that, overall, I have been very lucky in my life so far. For this I am thankful.
After these realizations I look back at the tomato table and give thanks. Thanks for all that I have in my life. Thanks for having such a bountiful year. Then I pull some of my best specimens and set them aside to share with friends, family, and those who are not as fortunate as we currently are.
Thank you Mother Nature for blessing me this year. Please send some rain to those who need it. Happy gardening everyone!