Today’s article captures my imagination for three reasons:
First, as we’re gaining more access to the same fruits, vegetables and meat available year-round in our grocery stores, I fear losing the sense of identity that comes from growing and enjoying the food that is available in specific regions. This article highlights how one community is doing that.
Second, when local agriculture becomes economic driver for a rural community that can extend beyond that community, that is something to get excited about. Who doesn’t want to try some of this salt after reading the description in the article?
Finally, this article helps dismantle food snobbery. Too often, we can blatantly dismiss the foods we were raised on as inferior without questioning the culture those foods came out of and gleaning insight into why they were eaten. This quote hits the nail on the head: “I realized that I wanted to cook everything that I had tried to distance myself from: the [foods of the] hillbilly, the hick, the redneck.”
Questions for Thought:
How do we balance embracing local food culture and recognizing the merits of being able to access certain foods year-round?
What foods do you tend to look down on? How might we embrace those foods in our cooking routines?