Fresh veggies

This is Farmers’ Markets season! We’re out there with our reusable bags, filling them full with fresh vegetables and homemade goodies. Bright orange carrots and deep red beets, tender heads of lettuce and luscious strawberries. It’s the beginning of the season of plenty and we are thankful to live in a part of the world that offers such bounty.

Good friends of ours grow their own veggies and have lots to share. Planting the seeds, weeding and watering with patience and love is the life of the gardener or farmer. And faith that all will germinate into healthy, nourishing food. The satisfaction of garden to table eating and the contentment afterwards can’t be topped.

It’s also rewarding to share and food banks are thankful recipients. Spending time nurturing a garden and then giving away the extras is the same as volunteering. We spend hours in the vegetable or flower patch, knowing we’ll have more than enough to help those who need it. Whether it’s food for the body or food for the soul, both are important for a balanced life, no matter who we are and how much or how little we have.

'Tis the season. So we’re shaking out our shopping bags, visiting a farmers market and shopping locally. And just like every year, food banks and neighbours are welcoming the extra home grown bounty. Especially the zucchinis!