I learned how to make tomato sauce in college.
It was my one specialty (if you could call it that) and I fell in love with sauteing garlic and onions, reducing tomatoes in balsamic vinegar, and sprinkling in fresh basil.
One day, my boyfriend and I went to the supermarket only to find they were all out of fresh tomatoes.
“This is ridiculous. How can they be out of tomatoes?!” I said.
It was April 2006 in the North Country of New York, and at that point in my food journey, I wasn’t quite clued into seasonality or local food.
We settled for something else, but my indignation at the lack of tomatoes simmered in me all night. Never in my life had I seen an entire supermarket out of fresh tomatoes.
And now here we are, 14 years later.
COVID-19 has shut down entire countries and supermarket shelves are bare of many items.
Ironically, thanks to an amazing tomato grower in Vermont, there are fresh tomatoes at our local coop (canned tomatoes on the other hand were some of the first items to sell out).
At Good Heart, we still have a few hundred pounds of roots for our CSA and the local food shelf, and are harvesting fresh greens every week. The snow has almost completely melted, and we’re starting the first round of tomato seedlings.
We’re continuing to deliver weekly shares to our customers, though the typically communal pick-up time has shifted to pre-packed shares that Edge simply drops off in order to maintain social distancing.
The importance of local food systems has come into focus more than ever before.
In the midst of self-isolation and state lock-downs and sold out store shelves, here’s what I want you to know:
You can grow food security.
When the world feels uncertain, planting seeds and growing food can feed your body and calm your mind.
This is a time to reconnect with the seasonality of food, with the local growers in your area, and with the power you do have to nourish yourself, your family, and your community.
And I want to help you grow.
Below you’ll find a round up of posts to help you grow better and move through this time with ease and resiliency.
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Do you have questions on starting or expanding your own garden or small farm? These posts will help you get started:
Are you looking for some perspective on how to get through the tough times? These posts are for you:
Do you have questions you don’t see answered above?
Let me know and I’ll write a post or make a video to answer you. You can post your question in the comments below or email me anytime.
Remember, we’re all in this together. We can grow food security, and in doing so grow peace, calm, and resiliency.
Sending you so much love.