The monthly Picture This Photo Contest sponsored by Gardening Gone Wild has the theme Abundant Harvest. I can’t say we currently have sufficient output from the vegetable garden to qualify for abundant harvest. I could harvest all those Cosmos that I pictured in my previous post but that seems a bit wasteful — to pick all those flowers just for a photo op. So instead, consistent with the GGW guidance, I explored some of our previous harvests.
I went through our many picking basket shots
and the various apple baskets
and the many flower bouquets
and even the wild wineberries that we harvest.
I even looked at the fiddlehead fern salad that we enjoyed in Boston
but I found nothing that so profoundly expressed the theme of Abundant Harvest as this image from the Lake Market in Calcutta. This will be my submission to the October Photo Contest…
To fully appreciate this scene you have to understand that these vegetables arrive in the middle of the Calcutta metropolis from market gardens in the suburbs only by a difficult early morning journey (the traffic is incredible) and then they will all be sold that day (forget about refrigeration) for use later the same day. While Calcutta may not be on everyone’s tour list for the first trip to India I guarantee that a visit to Lake Market will make you think carefully about what you have gained and what you have lost with the demise of the farm/market economy. Most of the crop land around Calcutta is incredibly productive with as many as three crops a year. We toured one farm that was about as big as our own 7 acres and it made us think twice to realize how many people were supported by the same quantity of land in the suburbs of populous Calcutta.