Have you seen Food, Inc. yet? Stop what you’re doing and see it. I’ll wait. If you don’t feel like heading to the movies then at least watch the clip above.
Marc’s read much of the new food literature and has become a disciple of Michael Pollan and all of his food advice; however, seeing things visually and hearing the stories of people affected by mass market food production (especially where meat and produce are concerned) has definitely hit home. Unfortunately, Marc and I don’t have the time, resources or money to become organics-only shoppers, but we do want to make small steps to help ourselves, and the environment, and…. well, if you see the movie, you’ll know what I mean.
Our first (and probably most reasonable) step was to start purchasing our produce semi-locally. This was an easy step for a few reasons:
1. Our nearby grocery stores have REALLY bad produce (yeah, I’m talking to you Arlington Stop and Shop)
2. Who doesn’t love a farmer’s market?
3. We could feel really good about buying locally.
4. By buying produce at markets/farms, we have the good fortune of having a more interesting and exotic selection of fruits and veggies. Yum!
Mostly, we’ve been leaning towards shopping at Russo’s for produce. It’s really fun to shop there, and everything’s quite delicious and exotic. While they do have a lot of selection, not everything is local. We decided to try some area farms, to see what they might have to offer. Our first stop in the great farm search was Wilson Farm in Lexington. Wilson Farm is, indeed, a working farm and features produce from its fields. Wilson Farm does not limit its stock to what they produce (ha…) on the farm. They also have other produce flown in from various locations, all fresh, all beautiful, all delicious. AND…they have the samples, oh, so many samples. Employees from the farm were passing out fresh slices of peaches, roasted beets, homemade salsa, and mustard. Yum.
Beyond that, Wilson Farm also sells meat, bread, cheeses and homemade items, like pickles, tabbouleh salad, meatloaf, and jam, which were (for lack of a better term) kind of pricey. For the sake of convenience, we stuck to produce (and I bought some tabbouleh), because we still had to go to the conventional grocery store for other necessities. BUT, all said and done, we had a cart full of produce, enough for a week’s worth of healthy eating, and we spent only $44. Yes, some things were more expensive than the others (i.e., the five white peaches I HAD TO HAVE — totaling about $5-$6, vs. the $0.12 serrano chili that Marc is using this week), but we made a contribution to our local economy and have done our part to eat fresher ingredients