There's something immensely comforting about getting low on something we enjoy eating and knowing that I only have to go right outside my door to replace it.
Both Deus Ex Machina and I enjoy a nice cup of peppermint tea. The commercial tea bags are kind of hit-or-miss when it comes to flavor, and so it's nice that we aren't dependent on commercial growers for this particular tea. I just need to go outside, snip a few plants and pop them into the dehydrater.
There's also something very satisfying about the first, big, harvest of the year, which in my case, is garlic scapes.
What's more satisfying is that the garlic was planted last fall, overwintered in the ground, and then, sprouted this spring. I harvested 2 lbs of garlic scapes - from a 4'x 4' raised bed. These will be ground and dried for garlic powder - of which I use about a ton during the winter.
There's just something immensely satisfying ... and comforting ... about knowing that there are some things we can do, and grow, and make for ourselves.
At very least, it makes reading the headlines a bit less terrifying.