I always say we grew up green long before it was fashion. We were organic when that was all there was. We lived in sync with what we needed to live with a respect for cost, a despise of waste and an inherent ability to share what would go to waste. We lived a life without radar and weather maps with local markets, merchants, friends and family and the needy. There was nothing wrong with taking a knife and cutting a dark spot off a tomato and eating the good part. We were sustaining farmers, child labor was a family honor and seasonal produce was part of the joy of that season and something to look forward to. The staples were potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, corn, beans, etc. Those things we can store in a dark barn or in a dry container without it perishing. The perishables were consumed, canned and shared before they rotted. And when they did rot, they became part of the animal feed – either went to the chicken pen or the hog house. Coffee grounds were worked into the garden.
We live in a time today that we are so consumed with parts per billion and obsessed with green and organic, with shelf life and appearance that we hardly take time to enjoy and appreciate the abundance of ‘all-season everything’ It is locally available and affordable without breaking a sweat and truly is the safest food anywhere in the world. Pick up the Farmer’s Almanac. Read it and try to comprehend what farmers contend with just from nature, seasons and moon cycles. Then look at the sensationalism from the Weather Channel and thank the good God for the precious choices that are available for your kitchen tonight.