Good Day, Brave hearts
The plentiful gifts from the planet are oozing with goodness for your health. Baskets of ripe fruit, fresh, organic produce, berries and vegetables. The farm. That country lifestyle of wholesome goodness. The peace, the quiet, the endless fields of food. Take out your recipe books, oh delectable gourmet, this is where your hunger ends and your imagination starts.
The variety of carrots, yellow, purple, orange. The variety of potatoes, peas, beans and corn. Grains for baking, soups and bread. This is your gourmet delight. The fabulous farm, or even your own slice of garden in your own back yard. The wholesome goodness of fresh country produce, organically grown. Your own little world of a vegetable garden, saves dollars at the grocery store, but also has more nutritional value. Fresh picked tastes better and has a higher nutritional value than produce that has been picked earlier and trucked to stores.
Your larder is overflowing as the berry bushes bow, heavy laden with fruit. It’s a bumper crop this year, early springtime sunshine and hot, dry weather followed by day after day of rain and now a non stop supply of early ripening produce. The canning and processing is in full production and this is early for us. The summertime fruit cordials are a delicious addition to the pantry. Pin cherry, black currant, red currant and rhubarb. The freezer is filling and the bushes are overflowing. The fruit trees are ripening and the vegetable garden is ready for picking. The great Canadian summer is with us with all of the goodness that if brings.
The glorious days of summer! Dreamy days of endless health. The wild lands burst with blue bushes of berries, tiny ground growing red and higher crops of ripening purple. Look up! Is that berries in those trees? The birds fill their bellies and the wandering bears lick the bushes clean. A plentiful crop for the wildlife brings healthy newborns next spring. The forest floor is still a bit dry, but the thundershowers keep blowing in and soon the underbrush will be damp from the persistent rain. Rain and warmth, sunshine and heat, longer days and warmer nights. This year has worked it’s magic for us, with our backyard gardens filling our baskets with non stop fruit. The daily toil, for backyard farmers like us, is the constant delight of filling our bowls with fruit or vegies and trying new recipes. This year it’s fruit cordials, which are an absolute delight. Elixers and liqueurs, jams and pie. The fabulous luxury of home grown and homemade. A superb combination to fill the spare time hours of long summer days.
The wild brings its own delight. Blueberries for your healthy basket. Eat and enjoy, this summer won’t last.
Written by Dr. Louise Hayes
August 15, 2016