If They Grow It
It is so easy to go to the market and pick up our regular products any time of the year - milk, yogurt, pasta, apples, berries tomatoes and avocado, or even order groceries online, and they just show up by our door step, packaged, sometimes already cut up and ready to be used. This is the era we live in. No complaining here. But there is something missing; where did that tomato come from, again? Mexico? And the berries? California? Florida? Who picked them? Where were they processed or packaged? It is easy in this age of convenience to forget how our food is grown, the seasonality of our food, and the people that are involved in getting it to our table.
The best way to make that connection is to start growing plants and food at home. It sounds daunting but can be as easy as sprouting beans in a plastic baggie to see how a seed grows into a sprout. Growing food at home builds an appreciation for food that can result in better food choices and willingness to try new foods. You and your family will enjoy it on so many levels.
There is such a joy in watching a seed sprout, a plant grow and an excitement to see a fruit ripen. If you have ever eaten something that you grew at home – you know that it just tastes better!
If you are looking for a book that will help you get started with a home garden, we really like Barbara Damrosch’s The Garden Primer.