July 11, 2007
On Wednesdays during the summer I enjoy seeing the vendors at the farmer's market on River Drive. I especially enjoy the signs for fresh peas. They remind me of the peas I picked as a child from my father's garden and lead me to think of fresh summer foods grown locally and eaten at tables in our community.
In 2006, NPR's the Talk of the Nation discussed the topic of eating local, thinking global. Experts concluded that "eating locally might make us healthier and safer...and it would be better for the environment, too."
For those interesting in reading further on the topics of food and the ethics of food consumption, the following books may be requested from a Marathon County Public Library near you.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally by Alisa Smith.
Enjoy the fresh produce!