Food provides us with the energy that enables us to grow and prosper. The food we eat is a multidimensional aspect of our lives. Yet it can be, and frequently is, much, much more. Our food can be an experience in and of itself if we allow it to be. The meals we remember from childhood can offer unmatched comfort or memories of horror. The act of preparing meals can be an art form of the highest calibre. And the nourishment we derive from this fare promotes wellness within us. But many of us, distracted by daily life, forget that the profound pleasures of eating go beyond simple sustenance. We eat foods that are convenient or we eat unconsciously, snacking on whatever happens to be on hand. To understand the true value of food and the impact it can have on our lives, we should acknowledge and honour it by eating close to the earth.
If you have ever shelled and eaten your own garden-grown peas or bitten into a sun-warmed apple freshly plucked from its tree, you likely understand that there is a marked difference between these foods and those that are processed and stacked on supermarket shelves. Food recently picked contains more of its original life force and thus has a greater store of energy and nutrients. You can ensure you are eating close to the earth and enjoying the many benefits of doing so by shopping at a local farmers market, or your local greengrocer and getting to know the individuals who grow your food. If you make the experience of shopping in this way enjoyable, you will probably be more ready to reject more convenient canned, packaged, and frozen foods in favour of the real delight you feel while browsing stalls of fresh foods nourished by the same soil you can find in your own garden. You will soon learn which foods are in season in your area and how to prepare them.
As you savour the vivid flavours of juicy ripe fruits and the hearty crunch of unprocessed vegetables, you can also take pleasure in the fact that, by eating close to the earth, you are supporting farmers in your local area, connecting with your local ecosystem, discouraging those who would waste precious fossil fuels by carting produce cross-country, and helping to preserve healthy culinary traditions that have existed for centuries.
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