I love, love, LOVE fresh garden produce! But I really don't have time to grow a large garden. That confession is really difficult for me. You see, my grandma was a committed gardener. My mom is an excellent gardener and I'm pretty mediocre! The previous two generations relied on garden produce to feed their families, but I have a really good supermarket just a short drive away. (well, my grocery store is 30 miles away, but realistically, that is a half hour drive and that is no big deal!)
My grandma and mom both canned and froze vegetables and fed their family from the garden every night in the summer. My favorites are homegrown tomatoes--the beefsteak variety are what I crave-- and I love green beans, fresh beets and lettuce and spinach. Other things are just because they are easy.
I don't really waste my time on growing things that I can get in my grocery store in good quality. You know, there are a lot of things I could grow, but I choose to use my time differently. The grocery store has good quality, fresh produce and I trust them to provide nutritious, safe food. Enough said.
So these days, I start my morning with a cup of coffee in hand, watering my containers and pulling a weed or two, while listening to the purple martins calling and chattering to each other. That is a blogpost in itself--my grandma loved purple martins! I do too, and as I enjoy my garden and the birds in the morning in the spring, I think of my grandma and the heritage she bestowed on us--to love digging in the dirt, growing delicious vegetables and being proud of what we produce!