This has been, by far, my favorite garden season. I have probably gotten more done than in any year past, but it has felt leisurely. There never feels as though there’s enough time, but there’s also no pressure.
I’m trying to make it a habit to go to the farmers market on Saturdays. In years past, I would go maybe three times the whole summer. I spent most of my weekends writing papers for school, so I never felt like I had time or energy to go. I always felt guilty for talking the talk, but not walking the walk.
I’m trying to figure out what I want to grow for us and what I want to rely on the farmers market for. I like the way beets look, but I’m not sure I eat them often enough to justify growing them. I like cole slaw a lot, but I’m not sure I want to dedicate the space in the garden to cabbage.
It’s been a different approach to the garden. I think I have written before about potentially making a career change that could mean taking a pay cut. It would be nice to be in a place to make some money from the farm to supplement the change in income. I always have a mind to what I think I could sell well at a market. This summer and the next would be the time to really figure out a plan for that.
I’m not even positive I will pursue the career change. I know I want to in my heart, but there’s a fair amount of risk involved that is intimidating. No job is going to be perfect, but this is what I have wanted to do since I was a kid and I think it would allow me the time and space to continue to grow the farm.
I have a little less than a year to make a firm decision.