Harvest the Food Not Bought


Harvest starting

The "Food Not Bought" pledge is a commitment to use all the food that you grow from your garden. This means one must eat it, preserve it, or give it away. The pledge doesn’t allow one to let excess harvest rot on the counter. The pledge seems like great fun in the spring when I am planting starts and looking at my garden with the joy of a child. It is great when you are eating a fresh garden salad or picking some vegetables for dinner. It becomes a little more difficult when you look at a pear tree that will yield several hundred pears all at the same time.

We are now in the glutton of the harvest. Between my back-yard garden and the garden at the farm we are swimming in produce. Keeping up with processing the food takes time and effort. The "Food Not Bought" pledge has been quite difficult this year with the added garden space; however, I remain committed. 

On any given day, I find myself swimming in tomatoes, peppers, squash, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, beans, okra, apples and herbs. We have started selling our tomatoes and peppers at the local farmers market, which takes away a little pressure. However, we do not sell many varieties of plants that we grow. We grow this food for ourselves and for preservation for the winter. So, the "Food Not Bought" pledge must be implemented for this food. 


If considering something like green beans, the production continues through harvest season all the way to the first frost. I could go out each day and pick beans, yet I can’t possibly eat beans every day. So, how do I deal with these beans? It is an issue of supply and demand. When do the plants supply the food? When do I want to eat the food? 

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