Tiny Harvest = No Waste + Room for Dessert

“What is a tiny harvest for our family of four might be a feast for families elsewhere,” was my first thought after collecting our “daily four and more,” as I am beginning to call it. Most of our neighbors – we manage a 3,500 acre ranch in Texas – would look at our micro-garden and small flock and chuckle, but I have a new outlook from my end.

One heirloom tomato, fourteen grape tomatoes, and four eggs gracefully wait to be consumed.
Our four Red Sexton crossbreed laying hens are posing. Thanks, girls.

This is our first attempt at raising chickens, and as of last week, each of our girls are newly gifting us with one egg a day – one of them being a double-yolker! God must be thinking of when our two grandkids come, which is every other weekend. 

One thing we noticed immediately about our new produce is that it adds up. A tiny harvest with a one-to-one egg ratio and three-to-one average tomato ratio daily means seven eggs per person per week and twenty-one tomatoes for each one of us! 

With a bit of patience the potential of a tiny harvest is a grand harvest! This rang true to the Scripture on today’s day calendar as well: 

Philippians 4:11-13

11 Not that I complain of want; for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content. 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound; in any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want. 13 I can do all things in him who strengthens me. 

The words BE CONTENT popped out at me. Had we started with four eggs and several tomatoes a day, I surely would have been less grateful, but we have waited and waited for weeks for each hen to begin laying and for each yellow bud to bear fruit. These are miracles to us! The dessert, I suppose, is our new-found contentedness in our tiny harvest – one most fully appreciated for its daily provisions of just what we need and its super-potential when saved for the future. 

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