Today’s post comes from Renee in North Dakota
We have five grocery stores in our town. We gained one large Cashwise during the oil boom, along with a brand new, bigger Family Fare that joined the two smaller Family Fares we already had. Walmart was already here. It really is too many stores for a town our size, but none have closed since the oil bust.
Daughter chose recipes for Thanksgiving this year that called for lots of fresh sage, rosemary , and thyme, as well as parsley. I waited until the Tuesday before Thanksgiving buy the last of the ingredients, certainly not the last minute I thought, especially with so many grocery stores in town. Well, daughter and I searched all the stores for the herbs, and came up empty except for some limp parsley. We were told at each store “we might have a truck in tomorrow night, but we’re not sure if they ordered more herbs. People just snapped them up last week as soon as we put them out”.
This called for some creative thinking. I knew we had a large Lemon Thyme plant on the south side of the house that was a little ragged but still greenish, and a smallish rosemary plant in the front that might not have quite froze, but what about the sage?
We were in the Walmart produce section after one of the produce workers made an unproductive search of the back cooler for errant herbs, when I saw them–four medium sized pots filled with fresh sage and thyme plants, each at a price identical to one of those plastic boxes fresh herbs come in. This was true serendipity if not Divine intervention. We bought two, and only used the sage in one of the pots. The extra pot is now in my office, along with the much pruned rosemary plant from the front yard.
What did it take to find your missing ingredient?