This guest post was written by Serina Harvey of Flip Flop Ranch
One of our biggest problems, well actually my specific problem, is that I hate vegetables. There is not a vegetable in a store that I like. However, the vegetables at the store are not vegetables. They taste like wax, like nothing. For me personally, there is no taste whatsoever with one of these vegetables. I remember my mom and my grandma always said that when they were young, vegetables tasted like candy. They’d pick a tomato off the plant and eat it like an apple, which was nauseating just to think about it. I was curious if I started growing all of these vegetables myself, would I be more likely to eat them... Would they actually taste better like my mom and grandma claimed, or would they be just as disgusting? Are my mom and grandma are crazy? This is my story of moving from a junk foodaholic to a farmer raising healthy organic vegetables and grass-fed meat for me, my family, and for my customers.
Why I started Farming
I was exhausted and went to bed every night wishing I wouldn’t wake up the next morning. The December before I started gardening was spent in bed. I decided to start growing some vegetables because it literally felt like a life or death choice. I started a little garden bed. It was tiny because I was so sick at the time and I couldn’t handle anything more than one garden bed. I think it was 4’x10’ at the most. I didn’t have any gardening skills because I was new to gardening, but managed to grow a couple tomatoes, an okra plant, a pumpkin and a zucchini (which was my favorite). I learned that I loved zucchini.
The early garden-pretty pathetic but at least I had my rare Cotton Patch goslings for company
I now eat vegetables. I still won’t eat vegetables from the store and if I do eat them, I have to smother them in sauce or cheese to hide the taste. I have drastically increased the healthy food that I eat because I grow it myself. And I feel better too. Every year I eat more healthy food and my garden gets bigger because I have more energy to take care of it.
The Thrifty Person
Healthy food is expensive food and particularly for people like me who don’t like the taste of vegetables or healthy food in general, I. HATE. TO. SPEND. MONEY. ON. FOOD. I. DON’T. LIKE. I know it’s necessary but it seems like such a waste. Because I don’t like it, half of the time I let those store-bought foods go bad because I don’t want to eat them, and that makes me even more reluctant to buy them. But with garden vegetables, here’s the thing: I worked HARD to grow those vegetables. I don’t want them to go to waste. So it rarely happens because why did I work that hard if I’m not going to eat it? Just that fact, stubborn pride I guess, makes me eat those foods because I’m not going to work my behind off and then let those foods rot.
Today, we have a pretty decent size vegetable garden, an acre orchard, a 4 acre vineyard and we raise all our own meat for ourselves and for our customers. Each year we become healthier and each year we continue to expand. We hope to one day never purchase store bought foods again and that day is getting close.
Part of today’s garden-a lot more to be proud of but everyone has to start somewhere
Teaching a gardening class
The author happy and healthy because of farming
Flip Flop Ranch is a working farm teaching visitors about farm life and encouraging self-sufficiency. We are a small family run farm dedicated to sharing farm skills and to the preservation and selling of endangered, heritage livestock breeds as well as healthy farm-raised meats. We offer tours, classes and workshops to teach people about farming and homesteading skills.
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