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This blog is, at least for now, about the pleasures of fresh and local produce. What we eat every day is important. It impacts our lives, our health, and our world. And over the past few years, I’ve been heading towards a new definition of what makes for good food.

Thanks to a mother who was way before her time, I’ve already been vegetarian for as long as I can remember, and I transitioned a few years ago to mostly buying and eating organic. Early this spring, I started paying more attention to how far away my food was coming from, and trying to plan meals around which fruits and vegetables were in season. This isn’t a rigorous experiment, and we’re not following any strict rules, but since then, my husband and I have been moving distinctly towards a locavore lifestyle.

The point of this blog is not to make anyone feel guilty for what they eat, or to cause you to outright reject bananas or avocados for life. (I really like banana bread and guacamole.) It’s an exploration, and mainly a celebration, of local-eating possibilities.

I have to note that we’re lucky in several things that make this an easier pursuit. First, we live in a major city where farmers’ markets are plentiful. Second, we have access to a small gardening area at our apartment and a much larger one at my father’s house in the suburbs. But many things can grow in just a small space, even a planter, and you’d be surprised what can be found nearby.

The act of choosing a local or organic item of produce is small enough, personal enough, that it could seem insignificant. But as I make these choices more often, as I go to markets and see community gardens, I realize that I am becoming part of a steady and happy revolution. Our food choices don’t have to be cheap and meaningless, as industrial agriculture would have it. They can be full of meaning. They can connect us to others, to our place, and to the seasons.

So why start this blog in the middle of the summer growing season? It’s true, I do have a backlog of reflections on asparagus and rhubarb. But I have a history of catching up a little late. And I realized there are only so many Facebook statuses and pictures of meals and farmers’ markets that you can upload before it gets ridiculous. So enjoy, and send me your recipes.

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