May 7, 2020
While I was watering this morning, I noticed two tiny buds on one of my pepper plants. These are the beginning of the first fruits of the work that has gone into my vegetables. Even though they are barely big enough to see they give me hope for a productive summer crop. I have noticed Melissa is just as excited about the plants as I am. One of the first things she does after changing her clothes in the evening is to go out and see how the plants have grown.
The buds are on a plant called a Mexibelle Spicy Bell Pepper. The picture shows both green and red fruit and the tag says this produces a spicy bell pepper, hence the name. I had never heard of this type of pepper before, but I am interested in my first taste. We eat a lot of green bell peppers, but they always seem a little bland. Both Melissa and I eat a lot of jalapenos (and we have two different varieties of those growing along with a Tabasco pepper plant) so this seems like a good fit.
The first fruits, or the first yield from a plant, is an exciting time. With our current food chain, we are isolated from the farms that produce our food and we do not experience the joy of raising our own vegetables. Most are not even grown locally but come from California or Mexico. During the present crisis, these vegetables are becoming scarcer. The pickers are no longer working and the truckers to move the goods are harder to find. I have seen photos of ripe vegetables piled up and rotting in the field. I am glad I have a potential supply in my containers.
THOUGHTS: I am not sure why, but home-grown food seems to taste better. I am not one who frets over organic or pesticide free labels and let price guide my eating habits. When I do buy the organic, I cannot tell any difference in the taste. I guess I think the pesticides are the price of having enough food to eat. Now we are finding another price for food. The cost to produce, process and ship our food comes down to people willing to risk their own safety. Sometimes the price is too high, and the food is left to rot, even as people in the cities are going hungry. Even as I grow my own vegetables, I know there are other things I eat as well. As always, these come at a price. If it is possible, Stay home. Stay safe.