Saturday Food Thoughts
This past Saturday at the local Portland, Maine Farmers Market I had a great conversation with one of the vendors about the differences between shopping in open Italian markets, at local farmers markets here in Maine, and the supermarket. What is it that makes open fruit and vegetable markets such vital and fascinating places? While I was wandering around in the fresh air on that gorgeous morning, I was observing other people shopping. I noticed that there was lively conversation, opinions, suggestions, and pride surrounding the wonderful array of fruits, vegetables, flowers, jams, and other assorted homemade goods. People were socializing with their neighbors, there were children munching on fresh apples and baked goods and even the dogs were welcome. I felt how lucky I am to be so close to where and from whom my food comes.
Walking through the market, I felt a sense of human connection and interaction that I have missed from my years living in Europe. If we don’t support our local growers and farmers in this country, we are throwing away an invaluable gift and continuing to distance ourselves from our food and our food sources. If we only shop in supermarkets, we become increasingly estranged from what food should really mean to us. Food is more than sustenance. When we embrace our farming tradition, seasonality, quality, and the culture of fresh food, we find social, mental, and physical connections the value of which cannot be underestimated. I urge you to buy local, buy fresh, support a clean environment, and the great farming traditions of this country.
Baltimore’s Local Flavor This past weekend the Totally Vegetarian team went off to Baltimore to attend the Natural Products Expo East. Our goal was to seek potential sponsors for the show and to explore what’s new in the natural and vegetarian/vegan food industry. I can tell you that there will be a lot of exciting […]
More on Kitchen Equipment While filming the second season of Totally Vegetarian, I was reminded of some viewer questions about kitchen tools and equipment. With so many gadgets on the market, which ones are really indispensable? Based on my experience, we generally have more gadgets hanging around than we really need, and own more than […]
The Scoop on Rice Brown rice is healthier than white rice, right? But do you know that white rice is 10 times higher than brown rice in the B vitamin, folic acid? Since brown rice is higher in fiber, both have something great to offer so why not mix them? Because brown rice takes a […]
Fresh Parsley Made Easy Parsley is so good for you, full of nutrients and with more iron than spinach, but once you wash it, it can be challenging to chop because it sticks to your knife and fingers and stains everything it touches bright green. The solution is to have your parsley perfectly dry before […]