You don't really know what you're eating.
That struck me, mainly because it's true. What are you eating when you eat grocery store food? Of course, sometimes you know. If you're buying milk, you're getting milk, give or take. You will, of course, never know just how many antibiotics went into those cows and how many growth hormones they were given. You can't know. That gallon of milk could have come from a dozen different cows, I'm guessing possibly from different dairies. You can't know what you're really getting, but you know it's pretty much milk.
|Milk on its way to become cheese|
To me, this all points to a system of food supply that is not working and is on life support. The fillers and the "parts" things are made out of are added (I believe) to "pad" the fact that the country really can't produce the amount of food that the people living in it require, so they are finding ways to stretch it out. It would be like a mother adding rice to a meat stew because there's less meat to go around and is more expensive. Rice will fill bellies as well, so there's a little meat in the stew, but rice is added to pad it out, and everyone gets a nice meal. Unfortunately, in this case, they're not using rice.
|Early October mish-mash harvest|
|Blurry bell peppers|
|A Cayenne pepper ristra. Kind of. Or an octopus. Or chihuli.|
|Sweet corn, both OP varieties. The top is a shoe-peg corn, the bottom a 12 row corn. I have a lot of trouble growing corn, mainly because I don't grow enough to get them all pollinated. These two are pretty, though.|
Trust me, though, they get over it. After you've fed your children good, real food they begin to like it--and look forward to it. And then one night you make dinner and it includes the peas they just shelled themselves a few weeks ago, and your son yells "PEEEEEAASSS!!!!!!" when he sees you make them and tells you he wants A LOT, and eats every single one. Because, after all, they're his peas and he peeled them. That's when you know you're getting through.
Changing what we eat and producing most of it has really changed things for us around here. This year, as I add onto the garden square footage again, I am looking forward to seeing what it will produce for us. How about you? Are you growing more this year? What surprised you most about eating from your garden?