Food is in our blood, whether, growing, preparing, cooking or, consuming, food is in our blood. It is why we produce fruits, vegetables, chickens, eggs, honey, jams and jellies. We make our own bread, pasta and tomato sauces. It is why we share our knowledge of Italian cooking. With me, it started in my grandmothers' kitchen. Going over to my grandmothers house brought about gastronomical anticipation beyond mere description, and if dinner was ravioli "fa gedd about it". Arriving at her home and taking that first step through the threshold of her house brought olfactory nirvana.
The smells of homemade tomato sauce stewing on the stove, fresh Romano cheese, grated that day and bread baking in the oven made my mouth water. Not knowing at the time but it was the start of a path that has led me to today. Food has always been at the center of my existence. Growing up, food was at every occasion and if it were a special occasion, the spread would be overwhelming as a child. First learning how to buy fruits and vegetables, then learning how to cook, spending time in professional kitchens and then moving into growing has given me immense satisfaction and as noted here tremendous challenges and pain. If you hear a farmer say, he or she has put blood, sweat and tears into the farm that usually is a literal statement.
You see, food is in our blood and the food we put in our body today will end up being a part of us. This makes why we grow and how we grow a symbiotic relationship. There are tens' of thousands of us doing just that for our communities. Thus making the choice you make on what to eat and where to buy the food even more important. The more you know about your food source the greater the impact you will have on your own health, the health of your family, the environment and future generations. This is our way, your way and everyone's way of making a difference in the lives of others. Lives that we will not know, people we will not see and an earth we will have long ago inhabited.
Food is in all of our blood, so too are all the trace amounts of chemicals and DNA spliced genes. The additives, preservatives, stabilizers and enhancers that are all synthetic are being exposed for the harmful substances that they are, yet we continue to let the IFC introduce new ways to generate profit at the cost of our health, my guess for future health problems will come in the form of nano titanium dioxide. Greed has taken over as the new norm. Greed at any cost is too much, then tie in the detrimental effects to the environment and you see, man is playing with the lives of every being to come after, and they do this with no moral regard.
We say it often; we grow for health not wealth. Unfortunately, we prove that saying each year. Do not get me wrong, we do grow for health, but damn I would like to make enough money so I only have to work one job. It is the first weekend in December and this is the first weekend I have had off since March. Moreover, I am not really off, we still have the chickens, the pullets and all that comes with small grazing animals.
The odds of success are against us, it seems likely that we will fail in trying to make this a full-time profession, but If and when we do have to make that decision one thing will remain and that is growing food will still be in my blood.
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