Farm Challenge, the week where we only eat what we grow on our own farm began on a stellar note with this evening’s dinner, held aloft by its architect, Mr. Elliot Toevs:
Entree: Chicken, slow cooked with carrots and onions, seasoned by orange peel, basil, parsley, rosemary and cilantro. Served over rice.
Salad: Esmerelda lettuce, starfruit, strawberries, katuk and moringa leaves, with a lime juice dressing.
Dessert: Canistel, or “Eggfruit”
So that was our first meal. Elliot prefaced it with a reading from Acts 2:
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
For us here at ECHO, Farm Challenge is a time to remind ourselves of the rich communal significance of food. Our meals are shared out of the abundance of the land God has given us to steward. Meals should be a reminder of this at all times, but this week is special. This week we are eating what we have sown, watered, fertilized and harvested. We’ve seen all this food from seed to table. So we have an extra opportunity to take that harvest and use it, not only to nourish our bodies, but to strengthen our community.