Summer you may think? But it goes beyond that. The season I love is the season of food and herb preservation. The moment I have frozen or canned my first food, my heart feels lighter. The moment my first oils are infused, my body stands taller, my back straighter.
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In the last 2 weeks, 10 lbs of asparagus (not all mine, I must admit, but local and delicious none the less), 1/2 pound of spinach and over a pound of home-grown arugula were frozen. 4 pint size jars of lilac jelly were preserved. 1 pint size jar of plantain oil and 2 quart size jars of dandelion oil have infused. Nettle leaves were picked and dried, rose petals are being dried daily and yarrow, raspberry leaves, linden flowers and red clover are on the verge of being ready for harvesting. And last but never least, we’ve eaten from the garden every day, many times a day. Not to mention that wild fruit have started popping up on our daily walks and we couldn’t be more thrilled.
Many I know don’t understand why we bother. But for us, even though the process isn’t necessarily cheaper, definitely not easier, the results are immeasurable. I feel in control of my life, I feel connected to life, and that is something that money or time will never be able to buy.
Have a peaceful and happy day my friends.