Sunday, August 22, 2010
Yikes! We're dancing as fast as we can to keep up with the tomatoes ripening in our backyard and in our community garden plot. Our kitchen is a sea of orangey red globes of various varieties and sizes. Last night we also ate peppers and chard from our gardens. I guess that makes us locavores, which is virtuous, right?
There is a lot being written about local produce lately. A large grocery chain is on the local bandwagon these days, although can we call blueberries from the Maritimes local when consumed in Ontario? There is an article in the New York Times today pointing out how few energy calories are expended to move food across the US while driving to the grocery store burns tons of energy calories.http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/20/opinion/20budiansky.html?src=me&ref=general
It's all so complicated, isn't it? What I know is that I don't have to wash anything off my tomatoes to make them edible. And we like picking produce in our back yard. And we enjoy the stuff we pick up at local markets knowing that it supports those business people who live in our community and the young people they hire in the summer. The markets represented above are among those we frequent. This is all important , and I'm hoping that some of the area farmland that is being paved over might continue to be used for agriculture.
What Would Jesus Eat? Well he ate locally because that was what was available. I think we should too, whenever possible. I don't think God hates us because we eat California strawberries and Washington state cherries, but why not eat Ontario-grown? God bless our farmers!