There are so many things to enjoy about gardening, but I think at the top of my list is sharing what I have grown with others. A few months ago I participated in a “talent” auction with a club I belong to. The participants donated a talent to be auctioned off in a silent auction to raise money for our local library. One person donated hand sewn items, another hand-made cookie pops made to order for your occasion, someone else a two-hour finance organizing session. The went goes on and on. When I thought about my donation, I knew it would have to be something from the garden. Growing food is one of my talents. And so, my auction contribution was three baskets filled with whatever was coming out of the garden or being preserved at the time. The winner would receive all three; one for spring, one for summer, and one for fall.
I just put together and delivered the spring basket a few days ago. As I was thinking about all that would go into it, I realized what a great pleasure it gave me to pull it together. Everything that I placed in that basket was filled with heart. The items represent something I care so much about. In the basket I included carrots, celery, artichokes, onions, arugula, Swiss chard, tomato starts, garlic and a jar of loquat jelly.
I am beginning to wonder if there is a business idea in this? Hmmm….Talk about doing something you love for “work.”