Your food. Do you know where it comes from? I feel like children in particular are becoming more and more detached from reality. My generation may have been the last to experience running around in the actual streets with neighbor friends. Does anyone ever see kids outside anymore (without a phone or iPad in hand)?! Or even with dirt on their feet or clothes? While my generation also experienced staring aimlessly at a screen for an ungodly amount of hours, some of us still do, at least we got a taste of life before the – DUN DUN DUN – ~internet~.
With this immense detachment comes a misunderstanding about where things come from and how they are made. I used to teach a kid’s yoga class and a little girl once asked me if I knew what Amazon was. She said that’s where her groceries come from. *faint* So not only did she not realize that Amazon purchases their produce from actual grocery stores, but it gave me even less hope that she knew that her delicious fruits and vegetables are grown from the Earth, even before they get to a grocery store or her nifty Amazon.
I’m here to defend our food. Do you know where it comes from? Do you buy local? Do you eat what’s in season? One of my favorite kinds of stories that Cade’s mom tells is when she goes to a grocery store and asks why they don’t have local X, Y, Z or if they know how recently their berries were picked. The answer is usually more of a look or shrug than any verbal response. But why?
We live in an era where we are so knowledgeable, we have access to so much information. Let’s use it! I’m a farmers’ daughter for those of you that don’t know. My dad works 365; 24/7! He has to constantly be in tune with the weather, with the moon cycles, with his team, with the produce, packaging, everything! All. the. time. While he loves what he does, it’s a pretty thankless job. He provides food for families all over the country, and how do most of them repay him? They purchase their green beans from Amazon.
Here’s what you can do to change that:
Support your local farmers. They work really hard to provide you fresh produce, some of them year-round! Find out when your local farmers’ markets are, or even better, go visit a local farm! Wouldn’t you love to sit down and have a meal where you can actually make a connection to where your food came from?
If you’re familiar with Ayurveda, you know that our bodies require different things at different times of year. Just like our food is seasonal, so are our bodies. That may seem baffling, but it’s only due to technology and modifying genes that we are able to enjoy almost every type of fruit and vegetable year-round, when really a majority of them are seasonal. Our bodies are meant to enjoy ‘warming’ foods, such as squash, in the winter and ‘cooling’ foods, such as mango, in the summer. When we’re feeding ourselves ‘cooling’ foods in the wintertime it’s no wonder we feel so bloated or out-of-whack. In short, buy what’s in season!
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So, if you don’t know where your food comes from, maybe it’s time to start.
It doesn’t need to be an overnight makeover, throwing out everything in your kitchen at once, but small steps make for long-lasting change. Swap out your weekly trek to the store for a trip to the market, even if it’s just once a month at first. Step-by-step start to incorporate seasonal ingredients into your meals. You may even start to notice you feel better or have more energy.
Let’s move from a world of artificial ingredients and prepackaged oranges, please! If you have any farm-loving stories or have made successful or exciting food changes, I’d love to hear about them so please share!
Love, a Farmers’ Daughter <3