Get outside, Family!

Get outside, Family!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Being touched by a pea

We harvested 11 pea pods from our teensy, covert front-yard garden (covert because the homeowner’s association says no front-yard veggie gardens). We steamed them along with some sugar snaps that we got in our CSA farm share. The peas were, truly, delicious. I don’t much like peas usually, but these contained only everything that is good about peas. There were so many flavors in there – sweetness, grassiness, something like damp, mossy woods. Anyway, it was just 11 pods, which gave us maybe 35 peas total. That’s after weeks of sun, water and encouragement from the Little Zi’s and myself. To produce as many peas as there are in just one bag of frozen peas would have required planting over most of our front yard.

The Chef and I loved those peas, like they were our babies -- that we ate, so not exactly. But we were fascinated to see what the little seeds produced that we dropped into the dirt on a cold and rainy day. We don’t love the peas we microwave out of a frozen bag. We definitely don’t like the ones that come in a can – we never eat those. When we buy a bag of bland peas and eat half of them, I often forget about the rest and they end up freezer-burned and headed for the trash. We don’t chase down every little one that rolls under the kitchen cart, like we did with our peas.

There’s something wrong with this, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Or at least I can’t figure out what to do to fix it. We will continue to buy frozen peas in the winter, because they are fast and nutritious. I will not be planting a field of peas and canning them myself. But maybe little changes around the edges are better than nothing. This year, the Chef grew a few peas. Baby Chef got to touch a pea pod. Maybe we will be more appreciative of the frozen bag.

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