Thursday, July 31, 2008

Local Food

I'm getting my food locally, about as close to home as is possible ~ right outside my back door. We love every bite and we feel so grateful for all God has provided for us. Just this morning, I worked up a great sweat as I harvested some radicchio, kale, and tomatoes.

But I just started purchasing some vegetables from the neighbor down the road, not even a mile away. This older gentleman has a stand out by the road (highway), with a canopy set up. The tomatoes and onions rest in bins on a table, along with a cooler filled with ice and stocked with peppers, cucumbers, and okra. He has his prices posted on a dry erase board and a scale hangs from the canopy. Oh, and the money box is setting on the table, also.

I can't believe I haven't been buying from him, every day, all summer long! Look at these prices ~~~
cucumbers 25 cents
tomatoes $1 a pound
okra $2 a pound
peppers 25 cents
onions 50 cents
Amazing!!! Oh, and they are so fresh and lovely!

But you know what I love? I love that he trusts everyone with his money box right out there in the open. Even my children are amazed! I love the idea of helping a neighbor, a retired person, who will benefit from my enjoying his food that he labored to grow. I love the fact that he'll get every penny of what I pay for my produce. I'm thankful he didn't have to use fuel or time to transport his vegetables. I love the feeling of "community" I get from the simple act of buying my food in this fashion.

I'm so thankful to live in America where I still have the freedom to grow my own food, purchase my food from my neighbors, praise God openly for his bounty, all while my children bustle about me, happily content with this gloriously simple life the Lord has given to us. How blessed I am!

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KatheeMarie said...

I noticed the new photo of your lovely, growing family!

I happened on two such produce stands last year when out your way and was amazed by them too. I wish we could be more neighborly than we are today. I love the concept you describe and wouldn't it be great to buy-sell-trade services in such a way? Like things used to be....

Audra Krell said...

This is so wonderful to hear this morning! I have a heart for the elderly and nothing would make me happier to buy from this man. For now, I'll just have to enjoy your telling of a beautiful way to serve others.

diXymiss said...

Lovely post! I can picture it just as you described, in my minds' eye. What a blessing for both of you.

(Love the new family portrait up top)

Susan L said...

Sweet! I love the way you look at food. I love that you can by from the older neighbor down the road. I love that people are still trustworthy enough not to take advantage of him.

Blessings to you,

Gumbo Lily said...

What a fantastic neighbor! A fine gardener, a trusting soul, and all the delicious veggies you could want! I wish he lived a mile from me too.