is for organic
One of the highlights of my week is my CSA (community supported agriculture) delivery of local organic wonderfulness. It makes me feel good on so many levels. I feel great supporting local farmers; the local business that pulls it all together; I like knowing I’m not consuming pesticides; I’m expanding my cooking skills AND eating delicious things; and it feels like a commitment to my beloved bees.
I literally do a happy dance when my box arrives. Careful, don’t peek too closely; you might actually see some Carmen Miranda impressions going on.
My CSA folks provide recipes for each week’s box and that’s something I really appreciate. But there are lots of foodie blogs out there like Easy Peasy Organic which posts great recipes.
While I know eating organic isn’t something everybody is interested in, and there’s no getting around the fact that it IS expensive unless you’re able to grow all your own foods, I think we can all get behind the movement to ban neonicotinoid pesticides which evidence is clearly showing is devastating to our pollinators. I know many of us want GMOs banned as well, AND certainly regulations requiring their labeling. I encourage you to head over to PANNA – the Pesticide Action Network North America and look around. Sign the bee petition and see if something else calls to you.
Sorry for that little step up onto my soapbox. I’m going to call that modeling another form of self-care – speaking about things that are important to you.
In closing let me share a couple favorite produce-related photos.
Here are a few vintage seed packet labels that crack me up. I LOVE LOVE LOVE anthropomorphic fruits and veggies. Mr. Potato Head has nothing on this handsome spud, and I can no longer look at radishes without imagining them walking away on their rooty gams.
And here’s a peek at my kitchen shelf collection of vintage Japanese anthropomorphic produce salt shakers. Makes me smile every time I’m in the kitchen.
Now it’s your turn. Have a produce tale to share? Are you a food gardener? Delighting the bees and butterflies with a little flower love? Had a love affair with Mr. Potato Head? Do tell – you know I want to hear.