A busy, productive market season ended with the Bow Little Market Festival and Food Swap. I will miss the people and the fresh weekly produce, but look forward to less computer time and multitasking with my two, eight and 12-year-old boys tripping around being kids. I have spent a lot of time awake at night this September worrying about how overwhelming everything seems and if I am moving too fast.
Why do I do it? Because it is how our single income family of five can afford our local, seasonal diet, while supporting our growing regional food system. I rely on my community in so many ways to help me achieve my frugal, but abundant lifestyle, and the Bow Little Market Food Swap is a fun way of trading my surplus for my neighbors’. In this way I can not only diversify my winter pantry and root cellar but also get an idea of who is doing what: who has goat cheese, who has extra ground beef, who has an unusual recipe for fermented vegetables.
I anticipate winter and slowing down, and look back on the recent business as a seasonal necessity. With it comes the idea that there is a time for intensive work, and there is a time in the dark of winter when you can crack a jar of apricot jam, spread it over warm toast, and dream about next spring’s garden.