Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Buying local, growing your own

The magic of mass media is how rapidly we can learn about pressing news, current affairs and issues. The difficulty of course is that bad news has a tendency to 'sell' better, based on what we feel is the mistaken premise that people are somehow more interested in negative stories, than positive ones.

Take our friend the tomato for instance. The tomato is red, round, juicy and full of nutritious goodness that brings so many dishes to life, that it would take a zillion blog posts to even begin listing them here!

We're reminded of the movie "Tootsie" where Dustin Hoffman is arguing with his agent (played by the the late Sydney Pollack) about being fired from a job where he plays a tomato in a TV commercial...he tells his agent: "I was the most "luscious, sexy, juicy, sophisticated tomato ever..." The agent goes on to say, ..."they fired you because you wouldn't sit down!" Hoffman retorts, "It's not logical!" - then his agent screams, "what logic, you're playing a tomato!"

Back to the real world where fiction can sometimes seem more surrealistic than Mr. Hoffman's 'logical tomato'...

We've been saying this for years now, that supporting your local, organic/bio-dynamic family farm is the smartest way to shop for produce.

Going to farmer's markets, joining your local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) group, brings you the freshest ingredients that are healthy to enjoy.

For those with even a little bit of sunny fire escape space who want to grow their own tomatoes, there's truly no greater satisfaction in the world than nurturing and harvesting your own veggies and herbs!

In this day and age of mass produced everything, the lessons we need to share with our children should also remind us of how simple and beautiful life is, especially as we renew our perspective on the miracle of tasty food and how it comes into being.

Don't take our words for it, even MSNBC has a 'plump and ripe' story on the topic today:

Peace, Love and Organics!
your Hippy Gourmet family

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed reading this article, it’s great that people are finally realising that buying and eating local food does reduce the distance that the food has to travel.
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