Tonight I picked my first real tomato harvest. The tomato plants have been a little slow to produce this year. I’m not sure if it’s because I transplanted them a little late this spring or if they are having a hard time with the heat. Luckily we had a pop up thunderstorm blow through yesterday evening so the garden got a good soaking.
These are all roma tomatoes except the large yellow-ish one at the top of the picture is an heirloom pineapple tomato. Some of these guys are a little damaged but that’s okay. Tomatoes with “character” are the ones that always taste the best. I may just have enough to make some tomato basil sauce this weekend.
I also picked two red bell peppers. The peppers are also slow to produce this year. Like I said it could be the late transplanting or the heat. Or something else I’m completely unaware of.
I used one of these peppers along with two from the store to make rigatoni peperonata tonight for dinner. It was just as good the second time around.
As I was chopping up the peppers I got to thinking about my garden and how the peppers and tomatoes I had just picked were pretty organic. Although I have in the past, this year I haven’t sprayed any chemicals or used any fertilizers in the garden. I just planted seeds and let them do their thing.
When I think of my garden I never really think of it as being as organic garden. When I tell people about my garden I don’t say “oh I have an organic vegetable garden”. I just say “I have a vegetable garden”. But I don’t necessarily go crazy about making my garden organic. Sure I don’t spray anything on it or use fertilizers, but I also don’t always use organic seeds and soils.
It seems to me that the word “organic” has come to have this special meaning behind it; that these vegetables were handled with great care and concern. But isn’t that the way it should be? Shouldn’t all vegetables be grown with care? Shouldn’t organic be the norm?
I wish organic produce was more affordable and widely available. I wish more people were able to include organic fruits and vegetables in their diets. Because that’s the way it should be. Vegetables should grow outside in the dirt and sunshine without chemicals and fertilizers. They should be allowed to do their thing.
What do you think? Does “organic” mean something special? Or should it be the norm?