Home grown chick peas...
The Beekeeper is an avid gardener. He grew a veggie patch of chick peas recently. They were a sweet little frilly leaved bush. Our job was to shell the peas whilst watching TV. Here's why food producers need our love and respect:
1. Food production takes effort. Example: The peas had only one pea per pod so we had to hull till our fingers hurt to get this mingy, yet strangely satisfying jar of chickpeas.
2. Food Production is messy. Example: I had to vacuum the TV room afterwards due to the large amount of tiny particles left by the hulls.
3. Food Production is big. Example: our whole veggie patch yielded only this jar. It took up about 2x2m of growing space. One can only imagine the acres and acres needed to supply supermarkets.
4. Food Production is surprising. Example: I had no idea before this, what chickpea plants even looked like, let alone that they came in a pod. I guess the name should have been a clue.
5. Food Production can be uncomfortable: I am constantly surprised that berries are soo prickly, as are cucumbers and zucchinis when you get them straight out the garden.
6. Food production takes time and resource. Example: The chickpeas were there for months being constantly watered with our precious dam water.
Romy Surtees works with Glenn Pattinson at Elixir Honey, the rural Western Australian good honey business that helps to keep busy people healthy & energised.