Thanks to blogs like Dietitian On the Run and Athlete's Plate , I've been inspired to get back to cooking with fresh food and eating well. I know this will help the healing process post-surgery, but also keep me from eating everything in sight. Not sure about you, but when I'm training my diet is spot on...when I'm not, I'm a grazing nervous mess in the kitchen. So, I've been diligent about watching my carb and sodium intake, and have been making amazing nutrient rich vegetarian meals. There's only one problem.....
The produce section of my local "one stop mega mart"
is absolutely depressing.
I literally spent 20 minutes debating over which tomatoes to purchase the other day. I realize that at this time of the year there is no getting around a tomato traveling to me from anywhere north of lets say...the equator, BUT that doesn't mean I can't set some reasonable limits right? I can dampen the pesticide load by choosing organic varieties....I can get them from the health food store or market, to support our local folks. Well wouldn't you know that when I picked up the plastic container holding two seemingly identical organic tomatoes from Mexico to look for a price, a nasty watery rotten mess ran down my arm...Gross!! Follow this up with mold growing around the stems of green peppers, oily cucumbers (what is that stuff), and the sad state zucchinis and yellow squashes are in (no people, you shouldn't be able to bend them in half), I thought....Awesome, now I've completely lost my appetite.
What the hell am I going to eat!!!
As a gardener I have been spoiled with homegrown veggies straight from the vine, stalk, and stem. I know too much now...I've tasted the best, and nothing can compare! I get pretty pissed talking about our industrialized food system and what a total fucking sham it is (see...), but I have to do something. I have to come to grips with the fact that it could be JULY before the first tomato ripens in my garden.
FACT: My choices are limited. Damn....
So today I sat day dreaming about my garden...scoured the seed catalog I just got, and enjoyed looking at pictures I took last summer. I'll share a few...
|I couldn't wait for this baby to get ripe.|
My first tomato!
|Salsa day...hoping to can a bunch this year.|