Sunday, April 25, 2010

Food Rules #15

#15 Get out of the supermarket whenever you can.

You won't find any high-fructose corn syrup at the farmers' market. You also won't find any elaborately processed food products, any packages with long lists of unpronounceable ingredients or dubious health claims, anything microwaveable, or perhaps best of all, any old foods from far away. What you will find are fresh, whole foods harvested at the peak of their taste and nutritional quality-precisely the kind your great-grandmother, or even your neolithic ancestors, would easily recognize as food. The kind that is alive and eventually will rot. -Michael Pollan, Food Rules


nicholle said...

So when I moved to Austin I went to the grocery store and asked the checker, "Do you know if they have any farmer's markets here?" Her answer, "Are you from California?" "Yes. Why?" "Only Californias ask that question." So then okay. I move to Vegas. Yes its the desert but so are parts of Cali right? Yeah no...I went to the farmers market I was able to find...10 booths and most selling food to eat right then (meet and sugar) and not a great selection. Makes me want to move back to Cali....almost. :) Wish I was your neighbor and could steal all your good food your growing. :) Did I say steal? I meant borrow...cuz like I would give it back...

Shannon Bieger said...

LOL got a kick out of Nicholle's post above. Cute! And also, realizing I should probably appreciate a little more the Farmer's Markets that I have available to me here in CA!

I'm sold on this Michael Pollan book! Gotta pick one up for myself I think.

Also, I'm on, oh... season 5 of gardening and this is the first year that I'm feeling... let's say, less intimidated enough to take it a bit seriously. At first it was just fun for the kids to see things sprout. Then it was just a tradition to be sure we were getting our hands dirty and enjoying the earth from time to time. But now I'd actually like to bring something from our garden to the table and I'm not entirely sure I know enough to produce some quality fruits and veggies. Do you perhaps have a recommendation for a good beginner's book for gardening?

geetabean said...

Hi Shannon! Thanks for the comment. :o) I actually don't have a recommendation for gardening books. I've only read one (and didn't even finish it) Lasagna Gardening by Patricia Lanza. It was a good book with some great ideas, but we didn't choose to do lasagna gardening, so I have no idea if it works. I did just buy the book Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew....I'm really excited about this book, but have no idea if the ideas in it will work! i saw a book today that I might also buy called Grow Vegetables by Alan Buckingham that looked really comprehensive and easy to digest.

Basically I just look stuff up on the internet. NC State has a great agriculture website that I like to reference.....maybe a college local to you would have the same? I would suggest that you plant things that you really enjoy eating, no need to grow things you won't eat. And honestly, plants are pretty resilient.....if they get full sun and you water them everyday, they'll grow!! I have no idea if my garden will be successful this year (it's our first year in a new house) but it's fun to try, and it's great to be outdoors as a family!

And yes, Michael Pollan is great! I recommend reading The Omnivore's Dilemma and check out his documentary called The Botany of Desire. Very informative! :o)

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