The kindness of strangers

by Bella

So on Monday I didn’t write my regular blog post for the week. Can I even call it “regular” since I only just started this blog in July? Well I’m going to call it that. What’s more important than whether or not I can use the word regular, is the reason why I didn’t write.

Jack and I met a lovely couple who showed us around their amazing, 100% organic garden/farmlet. It’s a 2 acre edible garden which was like our dream garden. It would be awesome just to be able to walk out your back door and pick fresh ingredients for each meal. Well that’s what they get to do. They have apple trees, watermelons, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, and berries I can’t remember the name of. There are potatoes, every imaginable type of squash, pumpkin, carrots, beets, peppers, beans, onions, garlic, tomatoes and greens, greens and more greens. To top if off they have beautiful, healthy, free-range, egg-laying hens and lavender that they use to make essential oil.

Though we’ve dreamed of having a garden like theirs, when they took us around for a tour, we were excited just to look around and blown away by the colorful and bountiful produce bursting from the trees and garden beds. We had only met about an hour beforehand, but they insisted on sharing their bounty with us, loading each of us up until we couldn’t carry any more.

Maybe this doesn’t sound very exciting to you, but for me, as vegetarian who LOVES raw vegan food, this was a dream come true. If you do love fruits and veggies, I bet the picture of our haul will make you drool. Remember it was all fresh picked. We watched them dig the carrots and the beets from the ground and take the eggs from the nests.  It tastes even better than it looks.

What was even better than the food, if it can get better than that, was the kindness and generosity of strangers.
Jack and I were so moved, that we offered to help them with their garden when they need some extra hands. In our simple lives, we look forward to spending time with people we like and who inspire us. Hopefully, I can share more pictures if they take us up on our offer.

{Note 5/25/15 – Jack has a hernia, so we haven’t been able to pitch in this season in the “strangers’ garden. Hope to do so in future.]

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