I'm slowly making my way through this excellent book, in audio book form. The author documents her family's year of eating locally grown food, and also delves into the dirty details of our national food systems. To me, this book has been fascinating, compelling, and inspiring. When we move to our new house, I want to start gardening. I want to find a local farmer's market where I can buy local meats and eggs. I want to cut down on the packaged, processed food we buy significantly. This might mean we start making our own bread and looking at "snacks" in a new light. I know this sounds like a lot, and I'm trying to keep my expectations realistic. But I also want to dream big. This is important. It's FOOD we're talking about, here. Sustenance. Life.
I know growing vegetables and making more things from scratch will be time consuming. And I sometimes feel like I'm barely holding everything together, without adding all of these ideology-based tasks. How am I going to work this into our lives? One of my strategies will be to cut down dramatically on screen time, both computer and television. We've already agreed that in the new house, the tv will not be kept in our main living space. We might keep it in a spare room or the basement, depending on the layout of the house we find. Or maybe on a cart that can be rolled in and out of a closet? We'll come up with something. But I don't want it to be the focal point of our home anymore.
So, on the main floor of our new house, no tv. Instead, I envision comfy reading and resting spots, play areas, craft/sewing/music work spaces. And the all-important kitchen, where I hope we'll all spend time together, preparing foods we've grown ourselves or bought from another individual who did. I'm really getting excited about this next phase in our lives. Now we just have to find the perfect house where all my local food dreams can come true.
I really encourage you all to read Barbara Kingsolver's book. Or get the audio book from the library. She has a nice reading voice. And her story might just change the way you eat.