By Tom Cowan, M.D.
As winter approaches, it is natural for us to turn inward and contemplate where we have come this past year. For me, this has been a year of tremendous change. We left the city we called home for 17 years; we left our flourishing garden in Napa, which provided about 90 percent of all our plant food; I left my medical practice and retired forever from being a doctor.
Despite these big changes, it never felt as if I was going through an “identity crisis,” as we hit the ground running in our new home. Now, happily settled in the Northeast, we are about to fence off an acre or so garden so we can put in vegetable beds, a greenhouse, a small orchard, a chicken coop, a couple of sheep (or alpaca) and a guard-dog house. We have new friends, new projects and new hopes and dreams for the remainder of our lives.
But, here is the key. It is you, our dear customers and friends who support us at Dr. Cowan’s Garden, that have made this possible. Without you, there would be no company, no farmers to support, no reason to build a huge and thriving garden to grow products for others. Also, as we all inevitably do during transitions, I have reflected on my life, how have I contributed, have I built anything that has meaning, have I made anyone’s life even a little better. We hear from our friends and customers all the time. You tell us that our efforts have made your lives a little richer, and as far as I can see, that is a good antidote for the despair that many of us feel during this time.
In this season of gratitude, I want to express my sincere gratitude for all of you. You have contributed enormously to make my life better.
Are you foot-loose and fancy-free when it comes to cooking up a storm in the kitchen? Do you like to create your own masterpieces with tried and tested recipes? If so, you might relish this slightly healthier version of traditional Scotch eggs.
Scotch eggs were invented by Fortnum & Mason, an old-fashioned department store established in 1707 in the UK. This surprisingly simple yet delicious recipe has two main ingredients: eggs and pork sausage meat. It makes perfect picnic food, travels well, and can be eaten hot or cold.
Being in the garden is healing. Digging in the soil with bare hands and feet while soaking up the sunshine. Fresh water washing the toes via the hose. Where bees are buzzing, hummingbirds fluttering, buds a-blooming and beans are growing.