“The man who has planted a garden feels he has done something for the good of the whole world.”
—Charles Dudley Warner
Can you tell that I love flowers, gardens, trees…and our magnificent Mother Earth in general?! Writing my blog last week about roses put me in the mood for gardening. After all, this is the perfect season for it! My daughter, Michelle Maros, Creative Director and Editor in Chief of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life, is actually obsessed with flowers and gardens. I think she could literally spend all day in a field of flowers and accomplish everything she set out to do . . . and be!
Gardens of all kinds have a way of lifting our spirits and getting us in touch with Nature. My dear friends Janie and Duncan grow their own fruits and vegetables. They say there’s something deeply satisfying about picking a ripe vegetable from one of their plants or a few sprigs of an herb to use that day in the kitchen. When they invite me for dinner, I can honestly say that the veggies, fruits, and herbs handpicked from their garden—and cooked with love—taste better!
I live in South Florida, and it is not uncommon for neighbors to share the citrus fruit, avocados, and mangos that grow abundantly on their trees when nature is feeling generous and conditions are just right. Many trees here can become so fruitful that we have more than we know what to do with! For years, my neighbor had an avocado tree that offered bushels of fruit year after year, until sadly one year it died after a lifetime of giving.
Only recently has technology advanced to the point where we can enjoy a piece of fruit from another part of the world or get fruits and vegetables that are out of season in our area, all year long at the grocery store. While this is amazing and certainly deserving of our gratitude, there is something incredibly fulfilling and important about eating locally grown produce. Buying local supports farmers in your area, the produce generally does not need to be sprayed with preserving agents, much of it is grown organically or with minimal pesticides, and it makes its way from the farm to your table in record time!
As a child, I ate watermelon only in the summer, so today, I rarely eat it any of the other months of the year, even though I can. There is something special about waiting for the local season of a fruit and vegetable and enjoying it for that brief moment in time. I feel more grateful for these amazing fruits and vegetables, and I’m practicing patience and acceptance, knowing that there are things in life we can’t always have when we want them.
Not all of us have the time to grow a garden in our yard, and let’s face it: not all of us have green thumbs! Sadly, I don’t have a garden, so I am incredibly grateful for farmers markets! For me, going to a farmers market is such a cool experience. Maybe the next time you are preparing for your weekly shop, you’ll want to consider making a trip to your local farmers market for your fresh produce. Checking out what’s available can be a joy. You find items like homemade jams, local honey, fresh milk, interesting condiments . . . . and more. Sometimes I feel like a kid—a day at the farmers market can feel like a day at the amusement park.
I recently had the privilege to be on the TEDx stage in Boca Raton with Farmer Jay (www.farmerjay.com). Farmer Jay’s message is to “Take back our local food.” He is all for growing our own food or buying fresh produce from our local farmers markets. To watch his TEDx talk, click here. And, if you haven’t yet had a chance to watch my talk, “Is this seat taken? The Power of sitting with Yourself”click here.