Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Home Grown

For over a decade, "eat local" has been the mantra of enlightened consumers. Now it's gone mass. Because specialization always follows expansion, the high-end chic for organic vegetables is now "home grown." It's even made the front page of the New York Times. Yes indeed, a cultivated garden is the new Mercedes. The stroll out back to pull your dinner from the dirt is the new trip to Barbados.

I gave up my vegetable garden three years ago. My head bowed, I threw in the trowel. Who was I kidding? I had no time to garden. To compensate, I became a fan of farmer's markets. But the fuel crisis has sucked the virtue out of them. Farmers have to travel a distance to market. Many have to choose between sacrificing their margins or staying home. Many stay home.

Our newest Culture Scout, Karen Hanrahan, had the passion and follow through to plant a modest garden this year. Welcome, Karen. I admit it. Your tomatoes make me green with envy.


Mother Earth said...

I am truly delighted! Thank you for the home grown welcome

Jason C said...

Karen -

Good job with the garden. We planted one this year, too. Our tomatoes are on course right now. We've exhausted our supply of leaf lettuce and broccoli and sugar snap peas. The bush beans are going right now and the zucchini is taking over the world, not to mention all of our basil and more basil and more basil. The cilantro is doing ok - it's getting swallowed by the zucchini. I can't wait to eat some fresh carrots, too. Last, but not least, is our peppers. They're going strong right now. We plan on planting more lettuce very soon - it should go well into October. Did I mention we did this in a 4x8 raised bed?

Isn't eating food right from your backyard awesome! I'm so thrilled with our garden this year - I go and survey it every day.

Anyway - congrats to your new "Scout" status :-)


Mother Earth said...

Thank you Jason! I am so excited to hear the the success of your 4 x8 raised bed, and talk about home grown bounty! I will have to give you some zucchini recipes. It's true that zucchini plants could tale over the world!