The other morning, I returned from a weekend away to find all but two leaves on tomato plant eaten, stalks still in tact. Rookie mistake. Should have put my upside-down tomato planter in a place those selfish indiscriminate deers couldn’t reach. I was gutted; it was my first growing project (though my husband assures me that, in the 10 years we’ve been sleeping next to each other, many-a-growing project has suffered under my lack of guidance). I was looking forward to tasting a tomato grown by my own hand.
So I can only imagine how the owners of Bird’s Eye Cove farm felt when my husband informed them that their gorgeous little farm stall had been broken into. Ignorant thieves smashed a window of the locked stall and raided the freezer of farm-reared meats. The only thing they left behind were two dozen eggs, which is coincidentally what my husband stopped in to buy. Lucky for him; unlucky for the farmers, who put more time and energy into preparing their meat than I did on my little tomato plant.
The Cowichan Green Community just published a map listing all the farms in the Valley whose produce is available for sale onsite. For shy, big-city folk like me, this map is like a free pass that gives me permission to enter a farmer’s property without feeling like I’m invading their personal space. The farmer trusts that I am respectful of her property, and I trust that she is honest about what she sells. Idiots, like those who stole Bird’s Eye Cove’s meat, violate this mutual trust.
I’m thinking tar and feathers. Any other suggestions?