One of the questions that came in via the comments was the question "How will Covid-19 change your gardening?"
I gave the question some time to incubate because it is a GREAT question.
Initially, I doubled the size of the garden. By modern, American standards I had a HUGE garden at 5000 sq-ft. That compares to the typical WWII, British allotment of about 2200 sq-ft, the typical 400 sq-ft suburban garden and 100 sq-ft urban garden.
Doubling the garden took it to 10,000 sq-ft or about a quarter acre.
The center-of-gravity for my family is about 17 miles to the northeast of where I live. I offered parcels to my assorted siblings and niblings. The response was uniformly "Thanks, but no thanks. I am good."
The 5000 sq-ft garden produced food far beyond what we harvested and ate.
One year we actually dug all of the potatoes I grew. It was 1200 pounds of clean, bright, cosmetically perfect potatoes. I ate potatoes like nobody's business. The rest of the family ate some potatoes. I could not GIVE them away.
You see, potatoes come in vacuum sealed bags. You boil two cups of water, open the bag, dump in the potatoes, boil for two minutes and then cover the pan. That, my friend, is how you make "home-made" Au Gratin Potatoes!
The expression I got when trying to give away potatoes was "How quaint. What are these? Rocks? I don't have a peeler. Thanks anyway."
Another story: A lady I know grows and cans tomatoes. She told the ladies in the church choir that she had canned all she was going to use for the next year and they were welcome to swing by and pick all the tomatoes they wanted.
One woman was interested. "Where are they?" she asked.
"Behind the shed." Jean said.
Jean worked days and worked in her garden every day. She kept an eye on the tomatoes but it was clear that her friend never swung by and picked any tomatoes.
The next Sunday, Jean asked "What happened?"
The woman responded "They weren't where you said they would be."
Jean was mystified. After much conversation, it was revealed that the woman ASSUMED Jean was giving away quart jars of canned tomatoes. Bloody hell!
Where is the bottleneck?
The bottleneck is usually found just downstream of where there is a super-abundance and just upstream of where there is a dearth.
Based on my personal experience (which may not be your reality), the bottleneck is in finding foods that come from a garden that "city people" will actually eat. I include "country kids" who wannabe "city people" in this category.
That leaves out winter squash and most root vegetables. From a labor standpoint, I have no desire to pick and sell fragile, perishable foods like strawberries, raspberries, leaf lettuce and the like. I cannot grow bananas. Attempts to germinate Skittles, M&Ms and Froot-loops have been abject failures.
The intermediate strategy I chose was to plant long-shelflife sweet corn and honeydew melons.
I will still grow the potatoes and tomatoes. The orchard will produce apples and pears regardless of economic conditions. However, this year we might eat more of them than the deer.
Personally, I have a goal to put 600 pounds of potatoes into the root cellar and to can at least 70 quarts of tomatoes and 100 quarts of apple sauce. The raw materials will be there. It is a matter of committing the time to harvest them and put them in the root cellar and jars.
If secondary effects amplify the triggering perturbation before October 1, then there are tons of apples and pears that can be harvested and eaten by humans. If the secondary effects become apparent after December 1...well, too bad.
I am all ears if anybody wants to comment regarding their experiences with past experiences making garden produce (or wild meats and fish) available to others or if you want to comment about any changes you made to your plans for gardening/fishing/hunting this season.