Even with the impending season change, luscious greens are still busting from their seeds and sprawling towards the waning sun. It always amazes me to watch Mother Nature strive to live. To perpetuate species. To exist to reproduce. Plants have big ambitions.
I find myself often thinking about invasive species. Invasive species are non-native plants, animals, fish and parasites that, when introduced to a new environment, are allowed to proliferate because of a lack of environmental limiters. There may not be a means of population control such as predators or native plants that can out-compete an external introduction of a new species. Once an invasive takes hold, they hoard resources and choke out native species, permitting unfettered growth. Invasive species can be extremely detrimental to native landscapes and waterscapes and as humans we should try to do our best to limit their introductions.
However, given the opportunity, I believe most plants would love to be invasive and take over the world. From oak trees to lettuces, roses to willows. All of them would prefer a monocultured worldscape filled with their own species. Fortunately, biodiversity pervades and we live in a beautiful array of specially designed plants and animals built for their particular environments.
It really is a beautiful world.We will continue to grow until conditions permit us from doing so. Until then, we will make sure to get you the very best of what we have to offer and hope that you continue to enjoy fresh, local, good food.
Eat well and enjoy.