Monday, March 31, 2008

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I'm obsessed with this book. I go to bed saying "I freaking love this book. Oh, man. I'm already too late in planting peas for the season. I wonder where I can get organic tomato seeds" And then..."Oh, yeah, I have a 75% shade yard. MAN!"

It's the most well written, food loving, life enhancing book I've read. I already really loved Barbara Kingsolver--I practically wanted to crawl into the Poisonwood Bible--but this book is a REAL book about living your life in a REAL way.

Not in a non-sustainable way. It's pretty simple really: do you know where your food comes from? Do you know how many gallons of gas it takes to bring you a tomato that has been bred to be square so it packs better in it's boxes from Chile? Anyone will tell you that I am NOT an organic food snob. I really thought most of that was really ridiculous. Shona is probably laughing out loud while reading this post.

I'm a midwestern girl from a land of corn and soybeans. The culture of farming runs deep in my family, which is why this book hits home. Why do we not support our local grower? Family farms are folding left and right, and here we sit buying el cheapo strawberries out of season from halfway around the world.

And I should stress again: It is a true joy to read. Barbara Kingsolver talks about food in the most delicious way. It makes me, the biggest veggie hater imaginable, want to go out and plant an acre of heirloom tomatoes.

Posted by Beth Howard @ 5:16 PM

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I'm obsessed with the book, too. As a rural Ohioan, it completely hit home. I've always gone to the farmer's market but not as a primary means of getting most food. I am all over it this spring. I'm reading the labels on grocery store produce so I don't buy fruit from freaking Chile!

Are you going to try making cheese?

Posted by Blogger Pancake Goddess @ 7:08 PM #

i highly recommend the organic seeds from here and the service is fantastic. :) i'm not a food snob, either. i first ordered from them because i had a gift certificate. then i just loved the veggies that i could grow. so now i keep going back. :) i'll definitely have to check out that book. thanks!

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Posted by Blogger Francie @ 7:11 PM #

well, umm, yeah. the "here" i meant to tell you about was

too much enthusiasm, not enough proofreading. :D

Posted by Blogger Francie @ 7:12 PM #

i wanted to read this book over Christmas! Knew it sounded good... try out the book The Omnivore's Dilemma. Read it last summer and wanted to run off to Schrute's Beet Farm. (well, maybe not there)

Posted by Blogger Kristi @ 10:06 PM #

Haha! Kristi, we should join up and start our own beet farm. I, personally, would love to have a farm hand named "mose".

Posted by Blogger Beth Howard @ 4:17 AM #

LOL! Gotta love The Office reference! :) Can't wait for it to start back up.

Posted by Blogger The Clicks @ 11:05 AM #

I am in the middle of this book too. Love it and eagerly planning my first try at growing tomatoes this summer.

Posted by Anonymous Colleen @ 12:15 PM #

I'm not laughing OR shaking my head at you- I am meeting more + more like-minded people in my new-ish neighborhhod (same one, 3 blocks away) who have orgainc gardens! You have seen my big full-sun back yard! I want a garden, maybe next year, perhaps a few things here + there this year. I'll get 'ol Mose to come over + help plant, but NOT BEETS!

Posted by Blogger Shona~ LALA dex press @ 8:18 PM #

You should totally plant Heirloom tomatoes - they're delicious.

Posted by Blogger freshie (and zero) @ 12:32 AM #
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