You need to be careful what magazines you look at when you’re a farmer-in-training. If you look at magazines that have recipes, for example, this could end up being a lot of work for you and mayhem for your poor, unsuspecting already-established plants.
I was reading the Spring 2020 issue of Edible: Marin & Wine Country, and they had an article about fava beans. The article wasn’t the problem: the picture of the salad on the following page was. I’m not a salad fanatic. Let me say it another way: I am not a salad fanatic in my own kitchen. I am happy as a clam when someone else makes me a salad, and when I go out to eat chances are good I will order salad because the things in it sound exciting to me, especially if they have the word “locally sourced”, “organic” or “nut” in it.
I’m not sure what my problem is. But there you have it: I love eating and hate making salads.
Every Sunday for the last 8 weeks I’ve been co-leading a Zoom class on collage and memoir-ish writing. My yoga teacher friend Mel Toth leads the collage part, and I lead the writing part. Anyway, she asked us to do a collage on things that felt like “home” and I was flipping through magazines when I saw a pile of greens, and I thought, much to my surprise: home.
A salad makes my body feel at home?
The next thing I knew I was looking up fava bean seeds online because if I’m going to eat fava greens, I’m going to eat them so fresh I have to wash the dirt off their little butts. That also meant since I’d already filled the garden with plants and seedlings, something was going to have to get ripped out.
Good-bye back-up zucchini. You should have grown faster. Sorry I either over- or under- watered you. It was not your fault.
Eighty days from now I will be making salads.
I hope I like fava greens.