Know Your Food.........Eating Close To The Earth

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by JLH, Jan 25, 2007.

  1. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Know Your Food
    Eating Close To The Earth

    The food we eat is a multidimensional aspect of our lives. Food provides us with the energy that enables us to grow and prosper. Yet it can be, and frequently is, much, much more. Our food can be an experience in and of itself if we allow it to be. The dishes we remember from childhood offer unmatched comfort. The act of preparing meals can be an art form of the highest caliber. And the nourishment we derive from this fare promotes wellness within us. But many of us, distracted by daily affairs, forget that the profound pleasures of eating go beyond simple sustenance. We eat foods that are convenient or we eat unconsciously, snacking on whatever happens to be on hand. To understand the true value of food and the impact it can have on our lives, we should acknowledge and honor it by eating close to the earth.

    If you have ever shelled and eaten garden-grown peas or bitten into a sun-warmed apple freshly plucked from its tree, you likely understand that there is a marked difference between these foods and those that are processed and stacked on supermarket shelves. Food recently picked contains more of its original life force and thus has a greater store of energy and nutrients. You can ensure you are eating close to the earth-and enjoying the many benefits of doing so-by shopping at a local farmers market and getting to know the individuals who grow your food. If you make the experience of shopping in this way enjoyable, you will be more apt to reject more convenient canned, packaged, and frozen foods in favor of the real delight you feel while browsing stalls of fresh foods nourished by the same soil you can find in your own backyard. You will soon learn what foods are in season in your area and how to prepare them.

    As you savor the vivid flavors of juicy ripe fruits and the hearty crunch of unprocessed vegetables, you can also take pleasure in the fact that, by eating close to the earth, you are supporting farmers in your region, connecting with your local ecosystem, discouraging those who would waste precious fossil fuels by carting produce cross-country, and helping to preserve healthy culinary traditions that have existed for centuries.

    from Daily OM

    Note jlh:


    My family is a farm family, that's why I say support your local farmer!! If you've read by bio, you will know that we used to have a pick-your-own strawberry field (65,000 strawberry plants!). When our children were teenagers, we grew a lot of vegetables and they took them to the farmers' market in our area. We have retired from all the mass production (which we did in our "spare" time!) and now just plant enough for family.

    Eating fresh from the farm is better for us anyway! We never spray our farm produce with any chemicals either.

  2. Catseye

    Catseye Member

    I would have laughed at this before I got sick. I've learned alot since then. You should put this on the regular board, too. I've finally unlearned to like junk food and learned to like real food again.

    All I get is farm stuff now and it really does taste better. There's no Monsanto in the Dominican Republic.

    bon appetite!


  3. victoria

    victoria New Member

    there is a website somewhere that gives you names of local farms in your areas that you can 'join'/support and in return get fresh produce. I keep meaning to do this, but, is it any surprise i keep forgetting and/or putting it off lolol.......... but still a good idea, gonna try to do it THIS year/spring!!!

    all the best,