Yoo Hoo! The Farm Markets are beginning this week. (Although I can’t imagine what local produce, besides lettuces and spinach, could be ripe this soon, and with this much rain.) The opportunity to buy local foods—real foods that have not passed through the industrial food chain—brings a smile to my heart.
Have you read either of Michael Pollan’s books—The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. They should be required reading for everyone. Mr. Pollan points out that, “instead of food, we’re consuming “edible foodlike substances” — no longer the products of nature but of food science.” We’ve forgotten what real food tastes like. Pollan cautions to: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants
Now, many of you may feel that a column devoted to saving should tout the less expensive food available from the mega food chains. While it is true that some fruits and vegetables purchased at the local supermarket might be cheaper, the exchange in flavor is hardly worth the few pennies saved—even to a tightwad like myself, and the health benefits from eating plenty of FRESH fruits and vegetables, make the slight additional cost well worthwhile.