Yesterday when I went to Tasty Tuesday farmer’s market, one of my favorite growers was not there. It is almost the end of April, and he is at home getting ready to close-up his garden and pack for his trip back to Maine. Jim is an inspiring man who loves to grow things and lives a lifestyle of harmony. He lives in Maine from May to October growing crops, canning and selling his produce and flowers. In October, he loads up his truck and arrives back at his home in New Port Richey, Florida. He then sells apples, pumpkins, and various produce along with his canned products from the summer while he plants his front yard for his winter crop. His lifestyle does not conform to society’s expectations but provides him immeasurable happiness. He lives to grow. Florida summers are so hot that little will grow. Maine of course is too cold in the winter. He travels, shares his crops and homemade products, and seems to have found a peaceful, calm place in the world.
His lovely spring bouquets and produce are gone, and I will miss his presence. Instead, I made a bouquet from snapdragons from a friend’s yard and purchased alstroemeria and pulled out my burlap table runner.
Temps in April were in the 80’s with a couple of days of 90. The amaryllis are struggling and the petunias are almost done. My white lilies will bloom in the next week, and I know spring will end soon.
Thanks for coming by and sharing my space with me.