Please Forgive Me

I first have to apologize for yesterday’s post. It took way too long to write (3+ hours) and it ended up being a short, waste-of-your time blog.

Let me explain what happened. I always keep you in mind, dear reader. My goal is to share things with you that  which on the surface seem difficult, but are actually quite easy, like making mayonnaise. Man, I wasted so much time avoiding making that because I just knew it was going to be challenging. So, when I realized it was not only super easy, but also fun, I couldn’t keep it to myself.

My other goal is to be encouraging. I want to be your Rah! Rah! friend. When you come over to Providence Farms, I want you to know that I believe in you and I want to help you. My desires are that the feel here is never condemnation.  I believe people truly make change when they are inspired, not brow-beaten. So, my greatest desire for Providence Farms is that you would be inspired.

That’s why I LOVE it when you try something new and then let me know about it.  Have I ever told you how much I adore your comments? Oh, yes. It’s like a drug, really.

This all brings me to the disaster of a blog yesterday. ‘Eat Local’ is definitely a buzz phrase these days and I think it’s gotten the ‘Weirdo’ rap as well. You know, like only weirdos do that. I know there are people who feel passionate about this subject and I’m glad. They are the ones keeping us informed. But there are others who take their fervor to a new level. They end up blasting the rest of us for not being on board. And that, my friends was what I was trying to avoid yesterday. I wanted you to hear my words, not fanaticism.

But in my diligence to be kind, I ended up missing the whole point of the blog.

So, at the suggestion of R-Man, I’m back to say I’m sorry, and to ask you if I can have another go at it.

Here’s what I really wanted you to know of my discoveries about our produce in the grocery store:

  • It’s on the old side (therefore not as nutritious as would seem)
  • It’s probably been sprayed with chemicals you can’t even pronounce
  • The money you save on the price, you’ll probably pay back with poor health.

 

And then here’s what else:

  • We could save our country a whole lotta moola in gasoline alone (remember each item of food travels an average of 1500 miles)
  • The reason why our food has to travel so far is our demand for out of season food. See, if we decided we could live without tomatoes in the winter and stopped buying them, there would be no market, and no need to gas green tomatoes to make them appear red and ripe. And we all know those don’t even taste like the same fruit as a home grown one. Hey, I know. I didn’t say this was easy.
  • If we would buy from our little fruit stand guy, he’d get so popular and sell so much food, his prices would go down.

 

Am I perfectly following the Eat Local movement? No. Not at all. But that was the other point of my blog. I’m just learning these things myself and I refuse to completely change anything overnight if I can help it. I get burned out when I try. My hope for you was that you would see my plan to slowly make changes.

I still buy red apples at Winco or New Seasons because there aren’t any available at Thompson’s Farm (my local fruit stand) and those are the only ones Parkour Boy will eat. I’m picking my battles. I also buy celery and avocados at the grocery store and I’m pretty sure those are not in season. 🙂 One thing at a time.

Thanks for your patience with me while I try to figure out all this stuff. You’re the best!

Be on the lookout for the part 2 of yesterday’s blog. It’ll be better than part 1. Promise.

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About kathleen

I'm a stay at home chicken momma with 2 boys and a very understanding husband. In December of '09, we moved to our dream farm. I'm excited to try to become more self-sufficient. So far I have 1 rooster, 9 chickens, 2 goats (some babies on their way this spring), 1 llama, a dog, and a cat. Come along and join us, as we city-slickers figure out how to make our own homestead. You're sure to be entertained.
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5 Responses to Please Forgive Me

  1. Patti says:

    I thought your previous post was great. I did not find it insulting at all. It’s a journey for all of us. I graduated from nursing school in 1982. My do I think differently today then I did back then. I’m lucky that at 51, my budget is a little better than it was during my 30’s. We were robbing Peter to pay Paul, but we didn’t feel that way. It’s been a learning process. Who knew in the land of plenty, we would be buying pink slime. Everyone has different priorities and we are bombarded daily with advertisements on things we are told we can not live without. I would rather spend our $ locally (an American) and on real food. I have a large vegetable garden and love tending it, but it is time consuming. I am trying to eat seasonally and locally, but I haven’t given up my coffee or bananas, but I have given up margerine, coffee-mate and many processed foods. I still get a craving for potato chips. Baby steps and moderation. I have tried to teach my children to live with in their means. That a big house and fancy cars don’t necessarily mean happiness. I am trying to learn to be self-sufficient, but wish I had started the journey sooner.

  2. kathleen says:

    Patti,
    Thanks for the compliment! It IS a journey. And like you, I wish I had started earlier too. But we’re ready when we’re ready.:-) You know, I recently felt convicted about my potato chip purchases (it’s one of those snacks that I can buy that are gluten, soy lecithin, grain, and sugar free. So, when my body allows it, I indulge now and then. So, my next mission is to figure out how to make my own. I’ll let you know if I find an easy delicious way. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing. It was great meeting you.

  3. I just discovered your blog tonight, so I didn’t see the post from yesterday, but I love your bullet points, so clear! Thanks!

  4. kathleen says:

    Jackie,
    I’m so glad you found the blog. Welcome!! And thanks for being so nice about my bullet points. 🙂

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