As the congregation raised their voices in the traditional harvest hymns for the first time this Autumn (just 4 more harvest festival services to go in this rural idyll!) I couldn’t help thinking that it was hard to say thank you for the kind of harvest we have had this year. All the work that has gone in to sowing, caring, trying to rescue and then harvest crops has resulted in damaged, mishapen, rotting, poor quality fruit, veg and cereals. Potatoes have rotted in the fields. Corn has hardly grown and had been flattened in the fields. Apples are few and poor in quality and size. Supermarkets are planning how we can be persuaded to overcome our prejudices about ‘ugly fruit and veg’. The world is quite quite mad!
So, what can we give thanks about? Well, I can remember the limited choices when I was a child – our shopping baskets could only claim produce which was ‘in season’ – our tables only boasted these or what could be grown in the garden or on the allotment. Our diet was not very different from that of wartime Britain (yes, I’m old enough to have had my own ration book!) SO I’m giving thanks for VARIETY – even if it’s ugly!
As for my veg patch – well, I have managed to glean a little and neighbours have been kind with their excess fruit and veg. Raspberries – a treat in the shops – have been an almost daily delicacy from the garden
I’m glad too that I can enjoy beautifully tasty local bread – good on the taste buds and lighter on the hips if eaten in small quantities.
(Oh, and the ducks across the road are quacking thank you for all the lovely slugs!)