Monday, January 18, 2010
An Over Abundance
Usually the canner is put away sometime in late October and doesn't make her appearance again until June or July.
Not so this year. Our local produce market ran a fantastic deal on beautiful pears. $2.97 for a 25 pound box!!! Wow!
Super Hubby went and picked up 2 boxes of this gorgeous fruit and we set about putting food by for the first time in 2010. Sweet and delicious vanilla bean pears, dehydrated pear slices, and sliced individually frozen pears for smoothies.
The Little goes through pears like nobody's business - and he was thrilled to munch on them all day and night, pear juice dribbling down his chin and onto his shirt. On days when he decides to be an extremely picky eater I can guarrentee he'll eat some vanilla pears.
As I was putting this food away I kept contemplating how incredible fortunate we are. I'm aware that these pears aren't local. I'm aware that they aren't organic. And we do try to eat local and organic when possible. But as I thought on all the poor souls in Haiti who are with out shelter, water, food, and medical care I counted my blessings that I have the option to feed my family fresh produce, even in the dead of winter.
I struggle with it a bit - the balance between eating in season and the need for frugality. The balance between eating local and preparing items I know my son will eat.
But still I count my blessings. Thankful for an infrastructure that allows food and produce to make it to my home when the gardens are long tucked away for their winter sleep.
Yours in thankfulness,