Sitting here, munching on an arugula salad with cucumbers picked from our little organic vegetable garden, I am truly grateful for all those that have inspired me to grow some of my own veggies. It is a wonderful experience watching the plants grow this year and to celebrate our successes periodically as tomatoes and cucumbers ripen.
The few vegetables we do grow hardly satisfy our appetite for rabbit food. For the rest of our green leafy diet, I source from local farms. I joined a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at a local farm and I haven’t looked back since. Not only do I know who is growing my food, but also it is some of the freshest, most delicious vegetables I have ever had. I couldn’t imagine life without them.
For those that have not tried growing vegetables yet, I hope these photos that we took on a recent trip to Carmel Valley Ranch will provide some inspiration. The 500 acre property has its own organic garden which is the source of some of the produce used at the Lodge restaurant on the resort property.
What these gardens demonstrate is that vegetable gardens can be just as beautiful, or even more stunning than purely ornamental gardens. It is nice to not only enjoy a garden visually, but know that you can eat it as well. In fact, part of the reason I love the look of Chard (the vegetable, not the wine) is because it reminds me of the last Chard dish I had.
While writing this article, Clint, my other half, did want to point out that it is never a bad idea to throw a piece of steak on the side with your veggies!