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PostSubject: Seasonal eating is "environmental eating"   Fri Oct 12, 2007 1:13 am

http://www.columbiatribune.com/2007/Sep/20070919Food004.asp

Eating locally helps us stay connected to Earth

Our global food system allows us to eat just about anything we want,
any time of year. But seasonal eating is "environmental eating,"
asserted David Bruce, an organic farmer and sustainable agriculture
advocate from southwestern Wisconsin. "Itís Zen eating, requiring
mindfulness," he said. When we eat locally produced foods in accordance
with the seasons, foods take on the nature of their time on Earth, and
we develop a sense of place and greater appreciation of home.


Bruceís words of wisdom appeared in my favorite collection of
garden-fresh recipes: "From Asparagus to Zucchini: A Guide to Cooking
Farm Fresh Seasonal Produce" (Jones Books, 2004). Published by the
Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition - MACSAC - this
cookbook reaches beyond basic food preparation instructions. Itís more
like a life-changing guide to eating ecologically.
For example, the book starts out by helping us think outside the
"big-box" when it comes to grocery shopping. Never mind the 10,000-plus
"new" food items introduced in supermarkets each year. Most are highly
processed, heavily packaged convenience foods manufactured from corn
and soy and laden with sugar, salt and fat.


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PostSubject: Re: Seasonal eating is "environmental eating"   Fri Oct 12, 2007 1:18 am

I know exactly what this man speaks of, we have been blessed this year to find a local farm where we can get fresh, organic produce, veggies, fruits, and sometimes, organic cheese, eggs, honey. We have been eating weekly what the earth and HaShem provide. It has been a bounty this year and I have had to really keep on top of things to eat all we get. We have had many varieties and we are still getting from there. It is at a beautiful farm and only 10 miles from home. I load up my baskets, and the dog and we make an afternoon of it. Each week there is something different, and something new to make a meal from. Even the organics in the store can't compare, and the prices are much lower, and the fresh air and birds singing is much more pleasing than the canned air and music in the store. Smile

You really get connnected to the earth and to the creator with this kind of eating. We have barely eaten much meat, maybe twice a week, we mostly eat the veggies, and eggs,cheese, and it's great. Even my husband who only like corn and potatoes and beets and brussel sprouts when I met him is surprised how much he loves all the veggies.

If you can do this, even in any degree, I urge you to!

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PostSubject: Re: Seasonal eating is "environmental eating"   Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:01 pm

Sounds Ideal! I have longed for something like that as I can only grow some veggies where I live and I like a wide variety.
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PostSubject: Re: Seasonal eating is "environmental eating"   Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:37 am

I try to eat seasonally as well.. however some things just don't stick sometimes... like watermelon and strawberries out of season...and of course sweet potatoes... Very Happy

The good thing though, I found this out about a month after being here - is that it is best to shop LOCALLY for your fruits and veggies at the stands than to get it in the store.

The stuff in the store is often organic just like at the stands, but by the time it has made it there, fruit flies have made a vested interest... if you know what i mean. Suspect

So, we get ours more often than not locally rather than in the supermarkets, between our town and the next over (where the train station is)... The nice thing is that they often offer to let you try the fruit before buying.

My only qualm is they are often Turkish run, so I have to be careful what we talk about when we're there.. but the service is GREAT.


We get our organic honey, eggs (Free range) and other items at the supermarket.
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