I am a fraud. Well, not really, but I advocate fresh food and a farm to table lifestyle and yet I have never planted my own garden. At least, not as an adult. Of course, there have been classroom projects that experimented with water, dirt and seeds. The results varied. In college there was even a brief period of growing window sill herbs. Again, results varied.
I have been spending a fair amount of time with food enthusiasts. Cooks and bakers who write about the soul of food; stories and anecdotes concerning the many ways food touches our lives. Many nights have found me under the covers, browsing food blogs until the wee hours of the night. Inspiration has been abundant. I have been called to action.
My first vegetable garden was planted this May. My husband found organic, heirloom tomato seedlings not too far from our house. We planted seeds. We watered and nourished the soil. We waited. The plants have been prolific. My youngest, Eliott searches each day for the newest, ripened fruit. There has been a tremendous sense of pride with every serving of salad.
I am reminded of how the delicate process of life unfolds.
The food blogging community was devastated by the very recent passing of Jennifer Perillo’s husband, Mikey. It was sudden. I know it hit hard. I could not count Jennifer as a personal friend. We followed each other on Twitter and I read many of her posts. She is a part of something bigger than a one on one friendship. We are community.
I heard she was making tomato jam. I imagined our tomato plants were deeply connected, like Aspen trees, sharing the same root with new trees growing for thousands of years from the same seedling.
Only courage can guide us through loss felt so profoundly. Jennifer has courage. She’s taking care of her seedlings. She’s casting light on memories and nourishing her family. I’m guessing this batch of jam will be epic!
I’m thinking of making some myself to save for a winter evening when I need to feel the spirit of summer and remember what a blessing my tomato plants delivered. Here’s her recipe: Tomato Jam
In the meantime, I’m donating to a fund for Jennie through Bloggers Without Borders. It’s time to give back to the community that has inspired me to launch Soul on a Platter and gave me a space to belong to something bigger than myself.
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Please consider a small donation for this family. Skip a few gourmet coffee drinks and send a little their way. I promise it will come back to you.
I am basking in gratitude today. I feel loved. I am receiving love. I share this moment with the Perillo family. I will donate a dollar for each comment left below. If you have a post for Jennie, leave the link. I’d love to read your collective support and thoughts.