Living in the future moment
I hear a lot about living in the moment. And complaints about how cell phones and their evolution into miniature computers has none of us living in the moment. To be fair, I do think my “device” has changed my brain a little bit. I mean, all of my lists are kept there, and my calendar, so I never have to actually remember anything. And it’s true that I find myself thinking in social media bites (oh! I should get a picture of that for social media). Guilty.
But as I was canning tomatoes the other day, it occurred to me that we’ve never just truly lived in the moment. I mean, I wasn’t just sitting on the porch enjoying that moment of tomato season. Nope, I was thinking about the future when there aren’t going to be any tomatoes. And yesterday, when I was smoking jalapenos to preserve them into the winter months when we won’t have that flavor (or heat) again.
This time of year often churns me into a preservation frenzy. When the evening weather is perfect for porch sitting and just enjoying the moment, I find myself rushing around putting things in jars because THIS MOMENT ISN’T GOING TO BE HERE MUCH LONGER! I know, I know, the irony. But maybe I’ll enjoy that winter moment when I’m eating some crazy delicious home grown organic chipotle tomato sauce from food I preserved in late September. Maybe.
Baby Lettuce Salad Mix: $4/5-oz compostable container or 2/$7
Arugula (limited): $4/5-oz compostable container or 2/$7
Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/pound
Fresh baby ginger with tops: $6.95/pound
Fresh baby turmeric: $1/ounce
Shishito peppers, maybe: $3/pint
Ripe Sweet Italian Peppers (red, orange, and yellow): $4.50/pound
Ripe Sweet Bell Peppers (red and yellow): $4.50/pound
Eggplant (end of it): $2.75/pound
Butternut squash: $2.50/pound
Chiles (Jalapeno, serrano, chilaca, cherry bomb, cayenne, Aleppo, lemon, a few Aji Amarillo, and probably a few I forgot): $.25 each
Ghost chiles: $1 each
Hickory folks: don't miss out on this year's version of our annual CCM/Farmers' market farm to table dinner!
(or purchase them at farmers market)
This annual fundraiser is important to both the farmers market and our partner CCM. Please make a space in your lives and budgets to participate in this dinner if you can! The food is always great!
We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building A 8am-12:30 and at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 8am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 8-noon.