When I was a kid, my parents struck the fear of fields into me.
Not just any field, mind you, cornfields.
Once you go in, you may never come out.
It’s never taken much to scare me.
My own imagination creates scenarios which are far more frightening than anything my older brother or anyone else could say.
Unlike my best friend, Shana, these fears weren’t even exacerbated by watching Children of the Corn.
My fear of cornfields was all about getting lost.
Stepping into a field to realize that I didn’t know how to get out again.
Rows of corn going on and on forever, no end in sight.
To this day, cornfields scare me.
Luckily, not all fields make me whimper with fear.
Whenever I go to the Farmer’s Market, I imagine running through their fields.
Up and down rows of beets, broccoli, collard greens, and other vegetables that grow no higher than 2 feet in the air.
While at the market today, I bought a fresh salad mix that I would be happy to get lost in.
I’m not talking iceberg, romaine, and a few arugula leaves.
When I say mix, I mean mix.
The variety of different leaves, flowers, herbs and greens in the mix was truly inspiring.
I don’t even know what everything is!
But one thing I do know, is that this mix was the perfect base for a sweet potato falafel salad.
Mmm, flowers and other colorful living greens!
Now I’m off for some bedtime reading, How to Get Out of a Corn Field.