Friday, June 1, 2007

Eating off the land

Last night for supper, we enjoyed fresh-picked spinach from our flourishing garden, eaten alongside walleye my husband caught a couple weeks ago. It feels so satisfying to eat local food, especially when we had a hand in growing/catching it!

On that subject, here is a thought-provoking quote from one of our favorite writers, Wendell Berry:

"The industrial eater is, in fact, one who does not know that eating is an agricultural act, who no longer knows or imagines the connections between eating and the land, and who is therefore necessarily passive and uncritical. . . The condition of the passive consumer of food is not a democratic condition. One reason to eat responsibly is to live free."

Note: I feel somewhat hypocritical posting this when yesterday's recipe included highly processed mayo and crescent rolls. I am not claiming to give up convenience foods altogether, but I am trying to be more intentional when making food choices.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great-looking spinach, Carrie! And enjoying it with fish Eric caught -- you can't get much more "local" than that!

Bon appetit!

Love, Mom

Anonymous said...

I'm jealous - that looks awesome! I don't think our stuff is going to come up for a long time. :) It will be a happy day if/when something is on our plates from the garden.

Love, Kendra