CHAPTER 4 ~ CREATING A NEW LIFE IN A NEW YEAR
New thoughts on sustainability
The yard was pristine when the prior owner had it. The yard looked spectacular when I viewed the house with my real estate agent.
The owner had also owned a garden center in Honoka'a so her idea of a nice yard tops out at superlative. She also employed a full-time Filipino gardener to keep the yard in shape. That should have told me something. It got unmanagable in a hurry.
Now I own the yard and it is totally out of control: weeds, fallen palm fronds, unruly bushes, long grass and spreading understory. Maybe my new handymen can tame the yard.
I should take some of this out and grow food. That would be a good step towards improving our sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint..
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I try to get to one of the two Farmer's Markets in Waimea on Saturday. They're fun events with live music. People come to eat breakfast and buy vegetables, fruits, artisan breads, crafts, honey, quail eggs, frozen lamb and whatever the vendors are selling. Buying local helps to sustain these farmers.
Of course going to the Farmer's Market in Waimea on Saturday means spending $7 in gas to do it. I'll have to find other business there on Saturday to make it worthwhile and sustainable.
I always make a point of shopping at the Kekela Farm stand at the market. These are the folks who donated the greens for our Caesar Salad at the Pumpkin Patch last fall.
It is the only place where I can get kohlrabi. They've been my favorite vegetable since I was a kid. Chalk that up to my Czech upbringing. Most people don't even know what they are (a cruciferous root vegetable that tastes similar to the stalk of broccoli). They grow in green and purple varieties.
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Here's the bounty from a run to the farmer's market a couple months ago: purple cabbage, tomatoes, lamb, honey, and, of course, kohlrabi. The grapefruit are from a friend and the avocados are from our tree.