Tis the season… for fresh fruit and vegetables!
Ukraine is considered the “bread basket” of Europe for a reason… I think you could grow anything here! Already we have enjoyed lots of great strawberries and now cherries and apricots are in season. Soon it will be apples.
I remember many moons ago, while living in Lugansk, I shared a story with some volunteers. We were walking down a street lined with cherry trees. The trees were heavy with fresh cherries. We stopped and picked a few. I shared with them that if the trees were on the street and not behind a fence we could eat from them.
Just as I finished my sentence, the gate opened and I was sure that the owner was going to get on to us for eating his cherries. He was carrying a big bucket full of cherries and offered us his best cherries. This little story reveals a lot about the hospitality of Ukrainians.
While I may not want to live in a small town in Ukraine, I sure enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of their labor! Excuse me while I go eat some cherries…