Every Step You Take
Since I didn't actually take a picture of my slow progress to the compost pile, here's a picture of pepper abundance instead
It took three steps for me to get some old forgotten produce out of the corner of the crisper of the fridge to the compost pile last week. And I don’t mean three literal steps, but more like a 12-step program (let go and hope that God does it?). Day 1, step 1: I consolidated a few random old things I had found in the back corner of the crisper (can anyone say Napa Cabbage butts from the spring!!?) into one bag. I even managed to set it out on the porch that day! Day 3, step2: I finally decided the porch was not going to compost that old produce very well, so I dropped it at the end of the sidewalk on my way to the laundry: a few steps closer. Then finally, when I got worried we’d actually get around to mowing and accidentally mow that bag of compost because the grass was growing around it, I took the final literal three steps and dumped it into the compost.
If this were the only thing, I’d consider it an anomaly, but it’s actually more of a pattern. Time to take the recycling out? We first move the bag from under the sink to the door for a day or two. Then eventually, we move it out to the porch for several days, before taking the final three steps to the recycling bins to empty it. Same thing, more or less, with the trash.
This is how exhaustion manifests, or at least that’s my excuse. Baby steps. Just inch it a little bit closer to the goal. Easy does it, not too fast now. Every step of the way counts.
Here’s what we’ll be inching out of the fields for you this week:
Green Beans (stringless): $3.50/pound
Baby Lettuce Salad Mix: $4/5-oz compostable container or 2/$7
Arugula: $4/5-oz compostable container or 2/$7
Fresh baby ginger with tops: $6.95/pound
Aji Dulce peppers: $3/pint
Trinidad Perfume peppers: $3/pint
Shishito peppers: $3/pint
Ripe Sweet Italian Peppers (red, orange, and yellow): $4.50/pound
Ripe Sweet Bell Peppers (red and yellow): $4.50/pound
Chiles (Jalapeno, serrano, chilaca, cherry bomb, cayenne, Aleppo, lemon, a few Aji Amarillo, and probably a few I forgot): $.25 each