More of 2017 is behind us than in front of us. This has brought up some fierce questions about how, why, or if to continue our hand-harvested Food Challenge.
Back in the summer, Daniel said, “I want to keep going with our challenge in 2018.”
“Oh, so you’re volunteering to be garden manager next year?” I retorted, hands on hips. “I busted my butt to grow all that food, and I might have a few other plans for my life besides doing that again.”
In November, though, with a front hall rack full of delicious squash and spring’s toil a distant memory, continuing our challenge seems like a lovely idea. We won’t be as strict about it—eating with other people will be fine—but I got used to the idea of not going to the grocery store. I like “garden shopping.”
Where do we draw the line? How would we decide what to buy? As we get more proficient about providing our own food, other challenges open up: a hand-harvested clothes challenge, using only one car, feeding the animals from what we grow rather than buying their food.
“Okay, Daniel,” I say as I greet my husband with a tray of roasted squash. “I’m hooked. Sign me up again. But maybe just once in 2018, I’d like to go to the Thai restaurant and have spicy noodles.”