I always imagined growing my own food. Pineapple wasn’t exactly what I had in mind to start, but it was a thoughtful gift from a friend so, I was up for the challenge. Growing this pineapple at home was supposed to defy all odds. Fortunately and unfortunately it was an epic failure. It still looked perky and green after three months, so I was hopeful that it would survive. First, I repotted it, using a planter purchased at one of my favorite stores, West Elm. Second, a friend picked up a bag of soil the size of Canada [it was ridiculously huge] from Home Depot and so, I was more than prepared to nurture my new, green, prickly baby. I did my best.
Do you believe that when we let something go, even if its a “little something”, that another thing (perhaps the “right” thing, or something better) shows up in its place, or in our life experience?
Although the pineapple died, my will to grow my own food still persisted. Fast forward, a couple of months later, I’m standing in the middle of New York City’s “GrowNYC” GreenMarket, at one of its Bronx locations. Prior to this, I didn’t know they traveled to the hood. There were fresh greens and farm vendors lined up on an itty – bitty, side street, off of the Grand Concourse, with produce pamphlets everywhere. The street was lit up with bright royal blue and white food cart umbrellas, filled with buzzing, busy, multi-cultural and lingual folks below it, reaching for produce, testing and pressing fruits, while others were running after children, who were playing catch ball with whatever fruits and veggies that they could get there little hands on. I ended up purchasing two, big bunches of Kale for five bucks – one of the main ingredients for my morning green drinks.
Next up, I was on a mission for some fresh oregano; the unsung super food. As I was leaving the herb stand, I heard a voice saying, “Cue me, Mees! Mees!”, or “Excuse me, Miss! Miss!” with a heavy Spanish accent. After turning around, he said “I bring more, its de plant, ok?” Excited, I said “Yes, even better!” From a tray of ten, I chose one, paid $4.00, brought it home, watered and windowed it, talked high pitched, baby talk to it while occasionally pinching off some browning leaves. After two weeks, I cut, washed, and plucked the leaves off of the stem; finally adding my fresh oregano to a bowl of minestrone soup. “Heaven,” was the word that came to mind, a place that my stomach and taste buds love to be.
Needless to say, herbs seem to be the sensible starting point for growing food in a small, indoor space such as an apartment; a pineapple – not so much. If you have access to sun, water, and a window ceil, then you could grow your own oregano too. Hey, you may even be able to grow a pineapple, or a few given your location, luck and situation. For now, I’m sticking to herbs.
You know what? I do believe that when we let go of something, it is indeed possible that something else (perhaps right for us, or better) will show up in its place, or in our life experience. We need only to be open to it.
All photos captured with my iPhone.
Health Benefits of Oregano & More [Ie. Antifungal, Antibacterial, Anti-Inflammatory and more]
Health Benefits of Kale [Did you know that kale contains ALL the essential amino acids needed in the body?]
GrowNYC.org [New York City's 5 Borough Farmer's Market & more]
Find A GreenMarket near you [Greenmarket Co. is a service provided by GrowNYC.org]
WestElm.com [Links to their "planters" search page. I purchased the Iris Speckled Planter on promotion]