"Food, a French man told me once, is the first wealth. Grow it right, and you feel insanely rich, no matter what you own."
~ Kristin Kimball, The Dirty Life
This is what we harvested from our garden yesterday...
Loads of herbs: mint, green and purple basil, oregano, sage.
Fistfuls of red onions.
One red cherry tomato and tiny golden heirloom pear tomatoes.
Sweet potato vine that we sprouted by sticking a sweet potato in the ground and watering it.
Wildflowers: cosmos and a poppy with 2 petals.
And this is just the beginning...there are enough tomatoes in our backyard to feed our entire street, all green and firm on the vines that have taken over the entire back quarter of our yard. But that's okay, because while we're just scratching the surface of the harvest our little backyard can provide, I'm reading The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball and am absolutely head-over-heels in love with this memoir about a city girl who marries a farmer and adopts "the dirty life" on a farm in upstate New York. It's enthralling writing. Steven and I keep fighting over who gets possession of the Kindle for the evening. Then we go back and forth reading and looking up and saying to each other, "This book is so us!"
Perhaps there is a real farm in our future...
Random tip: Did you know you can brush your teeth with a sage leaf? Seriously. Just rub the leaf all over your teeth and you'll see the grimy residue on the leaf and your teeth will be squeaky clean! Just a little tip for you from my people, the Italians!