It is now time to start tiny seedlings indoors, row by row, prepping them for the transition to our outdoor gardens and beds. Soon, we will be digging, hauling, hoeing and making raised rows and anthills, to foster the best possible outcome for our magnificent homegrown produce. The pruning and gardening gloves, shears and clippers, will be our decided gear. Aprons will have smears of the fertile and viable soil, especially along the tops of the pockets, and our shoes will show telltale signs of earthen activities. We will have salad greens abound; tomatoes and cucumbers as well as violet and crimson berries; aromatic herbs and fresh accoutrements to a menu bursting with vitality and life.
The majority has embraced a more organic and virginal form of growing, using minimal additives if any at all. Awareness is taking hold and this year, there will likely be more gardens or newly ordained 'farmers' than ever. From the roof tops of cityscapes, to the marginal plots newly designated, the revolution will ensue. We will assert ourselves as conscious consumers and bolster our confidence with our hands, turning sweet nothings into delicious somethings. We will compost. We will engage in sensual congress with our progenys, our grow spaces.
These growing stations will not only provide sustenance and foster our most primal instincts, but also exercise our minds and bodies and quench our souls. Some will be learning canning and dehydrating techniques for the first time, while others are hardened veterans and already have their preservation plans mapped out, like clockwork.
Fermentation will yield such ethnic delicacies as sauerkraut, Kimchi, pickles and Kombucha, full of viable prebiotics, probiotics and flavor. Jams, jellies and preserves, oh my. Sweet, savory, tart and briny all have a place at the table. Feelings of accomplishment and confidence will spring forth proverbial sunshine, to reflect onto all we do. We will get to know our foodstory more than ever. We will share, we'll feast, we'll preserve, we will fellowship. We will be Betterthaneverians. Do you like the way that sounds? I know I DO!