I’ve been learning more about food and thinking carefully about the meals I serve my family. Everything I read about good farming practices reminds me of the working farm and fields of crops at my summer camp. Campers who go blueberry picking before breakfast can tell you that nothing compares to walking among the rows of bushes, popping a sweet blueberry into your mouth for every few that you toss into the bucket. Camp meals consisted of fresh vegetables from the garden with help from campers snapping green beans and shelling peas. We even ate watermelon from the farm while playing in the river’s rapids. At the camp farm, I gained an overall respect for the land, the bounty it provides, and an appreciation for a sustainable, healthy food source.
I’ve recently read Michael Polan’s In Defense of Food and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals, and I realize how easy it is to ignore where our food comes from, what impacts it has on the environment and animal welfare, and what’s really in food you can buy at the grocery store and restaurants. I’ve been inspired by Lisa Leake at 100 Days of Real Food to take a much closer look and challenge my family to avoid processed foods. We’re going to kick off our new awareness and healthy eating with her 10-Day Pledge. We’re starting the 10 days on October 2, and I plan to share recipes, resources, and my observations of trying to eat real food.
It’s difficult to change habits, and any challenge like this is more fun with friends. So I’ve rallied some buddies to take the challenge along with us. Would you like to join us too? Go read the Rules of Real Food, sign up for the 10-Day Pledge, and leave me a comment that you want to join in! In addition to community support, I may have a few goodies to share with you in the next few days. So join in!