Harvesting Your Own
When was the last time you harvested something yourself?
Tomatoes from the backyard? Blueberries from a farm? Wood for your woodstove? Wild currants from the bush?
What’s that, you say? You’ve never harvested anything?
Well, my finely feathered friends, it may be time for you to make a little trip – to a farm, to a friend’s backyard, or perhaps to a field of wildflowers. If you’ve never experienced the joy of harvesting, you don’t know what you’re missing. Okay, so most of the joy really comes afterwards because you’re finished, especially during the summer, but there’s a great deal to be said for toiling for your own food, wood, or whatever else.
Here’s some photos from my most recent harvest: lavender.
Lots of farms have U-pick days, or U-pick produce.
Pick Your Own offers a list of states where U-pick farms exist, but there’s a lot to be said for just exploring your own town. Google “pick your own/u pick + your state/city/town” to see what might pop up. Look for local farms, produce patches, or neighborhood community gardens or food-sharing. Besides that, do you live near a forest? No matter where you are in the country, there’s a good chance that something growing in that forest is edible, and you can harvest it. Last year I harvested incredibly delicious huckleberries from my National Forest, and it only cost some gas! Check with your local branch of National Forest to see specific guidelines and species.
Do some research in your area and try it out! It will be some of the best tasting food you’ve ever had.
Better yet, consider taking a section of your yard, patio, deck, or windowsill and plant something of your own to harvest. It gives me a serious sense of independence, and can save you some money, even if it’s a small harvest. Some of my favorites include: sunflowers (seeds and lovely cut flowers), lavender, any kind of berry, spinach, and peonies.
What do you like to harvest or grow? Tell me in the comments! :)
Posted on August 20, 2010, in Connected Living and tagged farm, flowers, food, foraging, forest, garden, harvest, harvesting your own, lavender, nature, outdoors, pick your own, plant, produce, self sufficiency, sustainable, u-pick, wood. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.