There's something so invigorating about a new year. A fresh start - so full of promise. 365 days, 52 weeks, 12 months, 4 seasons. How will it be spent? How do we wish for it to be spent? Because it will be spent whether we plan it or not.
I've got big plans for this year. Exciting plans. One of my dreams has always been to have a market garden - I love to grow good food and I love seeing other people excited about eating fresh food. When I was a child one of the things I very much loved to do was to set up a little stand on the road by our house and sell flowers or rhubarb - it was great fun to me. This past summer I was offered the opportunity to use the land where I've been gardening (for myself, for and with the landowner and for the foodbank) the last few years to start a market garden. Well...it didn't take much arm twisting to convince me. Ahem.
So there has been planning and dreaming (not to mention organizing our family life for this big change) in the works since summertime and this past week I've started getting down to the details. The Seed Catalogs! Oh my. For a person who, when faced with going to a regular grocery store, desperately wishes that there were only two kinds of toothpaste to choose from these seeds catalogs can get just a little bit overwhelming. So many choices.
It has been an interesting week narrowing down the choices and figuring out just exactly what and how much I will grow. How many bean seeds of each kind does one actually need to get?!? How many tomatoes would be reasonable (this coming from a person who usually grows around 100 plants just for herself)? How much salad mix of each kind to buy to keep one whole garden section continuously succession planted in baby greens from spring to late autumn?!?
It has been quite a learning experience working on sorting these things out. It is important to me to have heirloom varieties of each crop as well because I've found that, over the years I've been growing, old varieties often have the best flavour...and if you're going to grow food, why not have it Grown for the Flavour. Mmmm, I like that, I think that would make a very appropriate slogan. Happily I am almost done now, just the corn to get sorted. And even more happily we enjoyed some delicious baby greens from the greenhouse - these will (we think) be one of our most popular crops for our customers. I think it may be a very exciting year. ;-)