Today, I woke up craving honey, and then, salt. Give me something sweet and then salty. I think our watermelons will be ready soon.
For breakfast, I had my Santa Martha Blend Coffee, ($3 from every bag sold goes directly back to Santa Martha to help with development). I did add some stevia leaves to my coffee this morning, sweetened it right up and it tasted good. I also ate eggs, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, dill, and oregano. I wonder if I put some dirt on my food I would get the salty taste I am craving. I would definitely get some needed minerals. Maybe that is why my youngest son, Shepherd, eats dirt every day. He is a very healthy boy. I also think he eats cow pie from time to time, but I am not sure if he swallows.
For lunch I ate potatoes, eggs, tomatoes, zucchini, onions, basil, and oregano. Man, this is a lot of the same foods. I have eaten eggs twice already today and speaking of eggs, I am partially cheating by eating eggs anyways. Our chickens’ diet mainly consists of bugs, garden scraps and what they can forage on their own, but we do also supplement with local, non-GMO and transitional grains. So until I am able to produce all their feed on the farm, we really aren’t that self-sufficient or sustainable.
For dinner, I had some mint tea and ate chicken breast (same story as the eggs) with oregano, and a little bacon grease. On the side I had crooked necked squash, tomatoes, swiss chard, onions, basil, and oregano. For dessert I had baby carrots. I am getting ready to have some lemon balm tea.
Let me just be clear. First, when I am listing vegetable items that I am eating, I am usually talking about multiple varieties of each. For example I have eaten 4 different varieties of tomatoes and 4 different varieties of carrots, all kinds of radishes, as well as the same for other vegetable species in my diet. But the real deal is how much I am missing grains and sugar, I think. I have a slight headache. I am really thinking more about how much we need to grow more grains. It is time to plant some buckwheat and we are definitely planting a lot more rice next year.
STOP!!! STOP!!! STOP!!! What is wrong with me? My diet is so NOT-diverse. I am eating diverse things but I need fillers and I am waiting on things in their appropriate seasons. I need to stop thinking about ANNUALS. What we need to plant are PERENNIALS, a diversity of perennials ripening throughout the season. Yes, we have a few apple trees, a few peach trees, both of which did poorly this year. We have a pear tree with unripe fruit. We have a serviceberry and apricot. We have a few raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, kiwis, strawberries, and others. We have a little horseradish, comfrey, rhubarb, and asparagus, but we haven’t done our real perennial plantings yet. We have no real nutrient density or sustenance in our diet. Corn and soy is not the answer.
To have sustenance in our diet, we need to be planting chesnuts (a bio-fuel, human food, animal food, timber source, fuel source), hazelnuts and hickories just for starts. We have plenty of walnuts. We need to be planting a diversity of fruits, which we have started this year. In the spring we planted around 150 fruit trees: apples, peaches, pears, plum, cherries, pawpaws, and persimmons. But we need to plant our high bush cranberries, more fodder/living fence trees like willow, black locust and buck hawthorne. We need our berries, lots and lots of berries, like seaberry, honeyberry, currants, raspberries, gooseberries, and vines too. We need more groundcovers and edible mushroom species. This list is just for beginners and could go on and on. We want our food to be our medicine, we want our trees to be our buildings, we want our guests to feel welcome and at peace when they enter into this place. We want to have a diversity of food raining from the sky and shooting up from the ground, which we don’t have to till. We want to experience healing in the fullest sense of the word. We want to spread that healing to the world, planting seeds of faith, hope, and love. Most importantly, love.
Well I have had enough for tonight. Time to eat another squash - I’m hungry again!