If you should ever stop to look at how you progress throughout life from the time you were born until now, you will probably be amazed at how much has changed. Growing up in a rural farming community in St. Thomas, Jamaica, harvesting and eating food from the farm was normal; there was not much excitement; it was our way of life. “From Farm to Table,” as is commonly expressed. However, I was fast-forwarding many years to now, and my life has changed so much; wow! I no longer live in the country of my birth, and getting my food straight from the farm to my table has become relatively uncommon. Now I go to the supermarket for most things, and only God knows where this food came from and how they were grown. We have to take the providers for their word and pray that what they say is accurate and that they produced the foods they are supplying to us in healthful conditions.
Now you can understand how excited I am to experience that “From Farm to table” phenomenon again. If you have been following my blog, you would have known that I am growing a little garden on my deck, and this summer, it has been doing well. I am currently experiencing that “From Deck to Table” feeling, and I love it. It is so great to watch the excitement in my toddler niece and nephew’s eyes as they learn and watch how the food we eat grows. It also warms my heart to see them picking the strawberries, grapes, cucumbers, and blackberries from the garden and popping them straight into their mouths. Then, every morning they go out to harvest.
Recently, I harvest the first batch of white potatoes that I planted, and the kids were right there to experience the magic. I picked a few cucumbers as well. We got a large number of potatoes and thought to make some for dinner. We decided on roasted potatoes with garlic and herbs. It was delicious. They were the best potatoes I have ever tasted; haha, allow me to dote a bit. Just knowing that it came from my deck garden, I planted it, and God allowed it to grow so that we could enjoy the fruits of our labor feels incredible.
You can only understand the joy I feel if you try growing your food. No matter how small the space is, grow something for yourself; it is gratifying.
See the video below of what we harvested as well as the potatoes that we made for dinner.
roasted potatoes with fresh salad (cucumber grown on deck) and baked beans