Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Harvest Brunch

Getting back into a routine post-vacation, I started my day early this morning with a workout before the Georgia heat got oppressive. Afterward, since it was still early, I figured I could sneak a quick trip to Walmart before showering. I gambled here since, in this small town, I normally see folks I know while shopping. Luckily my gamble paid off and I was in and out with only the check-out clerk as witness to my post-workout stinkiness. Walmart is where I go for a lot of kid- and husband-food, but it also features more and more organic or otherwise appealing produce. Since I am often at Walmart to shop for the rest of my family, I have been thrilled to find enormous armloads of beautiful collard greens for only $2.88! Not only are the collards cheaper at Walmart, but they are also of much higher quality than at the more expensive stores, larger, greener, fresher. Today there were NO COLLARD GREENS at Walmart! What's going on?  I didn't realize how much I depend on this one small thing in life.

Moving on, by the time I had finished unloading and putting away my Walmart stash, I realized it was 11:00 and I had not yet had breakfast. I was very hungry, but not for the oatmeal with dried fruit I usually have at an earlier hour. No fresh collards, so I walked out to my veggie garden which was full of delicacies. How fortunate I felt -- back to balance after the collard green-deficit-panic.

Storebought tomatoes could never rival these still warm from the sun and fresh off the vine. I sliced a couple of these delicious fruits and piled them on toasted slices of day-old sourdough bread that was spread with Veganaise. Then I sprinkled them with a little salt and pepper -- sublime! I am not kidding. This is such a simple thing to eat and is unbelievably delicious. I am craving it again already. I am very grateful for this wonderful, enduring harvest. Every day I have more to pick! Maybe next summer I will try growing collards!

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