Do Over?

I think we’ve all had this impulse to take back time and do-over a moment in life. I’ve had this so many times in my life with so many things.

Farming produce has made me get over these regrets more than anything. In large part because a produce season is like life in hyperdrive. I’m on the schedule of a plant whose life begins and ends in less than year. For example, I was out looking at some spindly peppers we had saved from towering weeds and I thought, “Darn, if only 4 weeks ago I had pulled those weeds…” Well, in 4 more weeks those peppers will be close to a first frost so no need to beat yourself up, Ryan.

There just isn’t time to mourn the state of the garden. Certainly no chance of wallowing about a crop. I used to do this. I’d beat myself up about a crop, but now I just cold-heartedly mow the thing down and move on. I still worry plenty – that worry is a motivating factor in getting things done, of course, but, like life, we must see things to the end and worry more about our next moves rather than the moves we’ve already made.

Sylvia Adrift in Weeding Last Summer

In the box:

  • Sweet corn: Just starting to ripen. Archer and I had to do some hunting and pecking to get these to you today.
  • Sweet onion
  • Broccoli
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Some regular tomatoes: Like the corn, just starting to ripen. We waded though quite a jungle to find these hiding down low in the field.
  • Green pepper
  • Arugula: This peppery green is an acquired taste, but I love it, especially in pasta. Give this a try:
  • Carrots
  • Red potatoes

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