Reading the Omnivore’s Dilemma this summer combined with other thinking we’ve been doing on food, the environment, and the plight of the small family farm is making us even more conscious of the food we eat. The Wise and Bearded One and myself have long been fans of excellent food grown organically (and who isn’t) but now we’re making even more of a concerted effort to buy locally and sustainably.
This summer I already picked and froze at least 15 pounds of blueberries (I wasn’t really counting) and another 5 pounds or so of black cherries. We also went in with friends to buy 1/4 grass-fed beef from a farm about an hour south of here. And, although our veggie garden failed miserably this summer, we’re committed to try again this month by planting a winter garden.
Last Saturday a trip to the downtown Farmer’s Market yielded this whole pile of fresh produce for less than $20. It makes me feel richly blessed to walk up and down rows of earthy-fragrant, shining fruits and vegetables being sold by barefoot kids and aging hippies and old-fashioned famers.
It’s not a perfect plan. We still buy from the Industrial Organic (Trader Joes) and the Not Organic At All (Safeway). But it feels like a small step in the right direction.
Support your local farmers!