Unprepared?

Last weekend, during a trip to Kennebunkport, Maine, we sought out the charming shop Farm + Table (read as though it's a mathematical equation...farm plus table). If you're ever in the area, I highly recommend you pop in for a visit too...everything lovely!


This is the view as you come in the front door.



Jars and jars of jams. Aren't they beautiful? I just stood there staring at them and admiring the beauty and recognizing the industry represented there. And...feeling dreadfully unprepared.

In that one moment, I was just overcome with sadness that we gave our garden a year off this year. Beyond that, I haven't visited a single farm to pick berries or fruit. My pantry shelves can boast no homegrown or homecanned goodness this year. All those Scripture verses about sloth and lack of industry came flooding into my head, even though I know this was a conscious decision for the good of our soil. But it is the first time in nearly a decade that we haven't been able to reap what we sow. Winter is coming and I feel unprepared. 

I think I may go buy a quantity of tomatoes from a local grower and spend Saturday making and freezing Ina Garten's Roasted Tomato Basil Soup, because if I don't have a single other thing put away for the winter, I simply must have that.

10 comments:

  1. You've had a busy summer full of family and friends and celebration (not sloth!); next summer, Lord willing, you'll do lots of harvesting and cooking and preserving! ;-) We've done raspberry jam, strawberry/blueberry jam, seedless blackberry (jam? jelly?), and two kinds of wine jelly this summer. It's still wild blackberry season here, so I think we'll do just a little more canning. :)

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    1. Aww. Thank you, Anna. I have done a lot, just not of that variety.

      I'm intrigued...strawberry/blueberry jam? I have never made that. Do you recommend it?

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    2. Good question! Probably? ;-) We haven't actually tried it yet. A previous year I made separate batches of strawberry and blueberry jam, and the kids loved having them mixed together, so I decided to make it that way this time. :) I should mention that we make our jam without any added sweetener (i.e. no fruit juice, sugar, etc.), so I can't say how well the strawberry and blueberry combination would work with a more traditional jam recipe.

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  2. That soup sounds delicious and I've never thought of making a large batch. Do you freeze it?

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    1. Yes! That recipe freezes BEAUTIFULLY! It tastes just as good when thawed as it did when fresh. Super fresh, low in calories, and cozy as can be on a cold, winter day. I freeze it in meal-size portions. And I freeze it in small, 2-cup portions, which I can make a quick lunch of for a couple of days.

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  3. I really must comment here. I found your blog somehow??? And I kept saying to myself, I need to let her know how much I enjoy reading her posts...when so much has gone to instagram and blogging has gone out of vogue, I still enjoy simple blogs of godly women the most. And Maine! We were in Maine last August for the first time and we loved it! It seems you live close enough and get the opportunity to visit often. Keep blogging and I will try to comment more...Blessings

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    1. Hi, Cathy. So glad to have you as a reader, and thanks for the delightful comment! We live in New Hampshire, but we adore Maine too. Our son was stationed there in the Coast Guard for a few years, and it has become near and dear to our heart.

      I DO love Instagram, and it is quick and beautiful. And it's less political and ugly than Facebook. And I love the sense of community that I've found on Instagram. But blogging does enable you to share fuller thoughts. I'm glad to hear there are kindred spirits out there who still appreciate it!

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  4. I was just going to say the same thing that Anna said! Busy doing other things. This can be a year that you buy from other people and support them! Plus, you've also been busy sewing, that special order that you just made for the young person, wow!

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement, Melissa. I must admit that there were many weeks this summer when I breathed a sigh of relief that I wasn't trying to tend a garden and do everything else too.

      Thanks for the kind words about the costume!

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