Where My Food Comes From

Our yard is only a small urban plot – about 5000 square feet including the house. Yet, in every spot that sunlight hits, something edible grows.  Some of those edibles are for the wildlife. Some for us, and some for both the wildlife and us. Blueberries are shared with the finches and chickadees. We’ve learned to ignore the beak bite on the berries if they’re small. Apples, pears, cherries, cane berries galore, even peaches and lemons grow providing treats to graze on through the summer and into the fall. But greens and peas rule the spring. Once our April showers hit, the pea vines are off and running – running up the trellis – and it’s not long before pods are lengthening and plumping and tempting us to nosh as we stroll the plantings. Still, there’s enough to pick for a meal by mid May.  Sautéd with home-grown garlic, it’s a treat better than candy.

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