Food from Nature – or Not?


It’s uncertain, laborious and it takes a lot of time. It would be much easier and faster to just go to the grocery store than try to get food from nature yourself.

However, as with other things in life, things are not that straightforward with food either. Our family noticed that once again today.

We were looking forward to eating a fresh catch straight from the lake but things didn’t go as planned. Today Saimaa lake nature didn’t provide us with anything more than a day on the lake (which is already plenty!). Instead of fresh fish, we ended up eating only potatoes and leftovers.

Still, even though our summer day in nature ended empty-handed, we found that the day gave us more than it took.

Yes, I admit: by just going to the grocery store we would have gotten food quickly and easily. But fast and easy are not always the TOP things to prioritize in life, let alone with food.

An attempt to get food from nature gave our family many things that visiting the grocery could not have given in a million years.

At the end of the day, we learned to appreciate more also the food that we usually buy from the grocery. Even though it was not us who had grown the potatoes, we could see all the work and effort behind them more clearly. Growing and producing food is hard work. And that is exactly what we often forget when we get something easy and fast in life.

This time the potatoes tasted particularly good because of our failed efforts, yet still, we had the joy of sharing a meal together as a family. I can only imagine how good the potatoes will taste when get to eat them straight from our own potato patch, homegrown this summer for the very first time.

To capture today’s good vibes and lessons, I also made a video for you about our day on the lake. Join us and come spend a summer day by trying to get some food from the waters of Savonlinna!

For the best experience, please watch this 360° video in Youtube app with virtual reality headset and remember to turn on HD! Tap on Youtube icon in the player below or open this link in your Youtube App.

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