Just two announcements: Tuesday Twister is tomorrow and the Gallery of Soups is on Friday!
Every Monday, I pull out a meaningful quote from one of the great books or articles I’m reading and share it with you. I invite you to look for inspirational words in what you read and share them each week in the comments.
This week’s quote comes from Wise Traditions, the quarterly publication of the Weston A. Price Foundation. This is a gem buried in the thumbs-down book review of “Real Food for Mother and Baby” (2009) by Nina Planck. (The main reason this book got a thumbs-down review from reviewer Katherin Czapp is because: “Unfortunately, by blithely simplifying … advice to meet modern-day circumstances, Planck’s program falsifies the message of Dr. Price, cannot claim to best nourish pregnant women or their children, and in fact shortchanges them of a diet rich in essential nutrients.”)
Now here’s the gem. And it is a jewel! I read it out loud to the whole family and we all nodded vigorously in agreement, especially me and my husband.
I hate to say it, but if you do think about it, imported greens in winter are for the most part only exercise for your jaws and window dressing for your dinner plate. Most vegetables rapidly lose what uncertain nutrients they have starting minutes after they have been harvested, whether they are organic or not. They won’t gain anything aging in your refrigerator, either. Conventionally grown produce is little more than water, fiber and traces of pesticides and rocket fuel.
A family is more securely provisioned with a freezer full of raw June butter, liver and lard from autumn-harvested animals, and soup bones for the stock pot to last over the winter, and a pantry filled with raw cheese and lacto-fermented vegetables. These foods carry the nutrients of the sun-filled seasons to us in deepest winter, in more reliable form and denser concentration.
This of course begs the question: How do you feed your family in winter? As far as produce goes, we do alot of sprouting of beans and seeds. Our freezer contains fruit, meat, and (now that we have dairy goats) cheese that we put up over the summer and fall. What about you?
What do you think of this quote? What do you feed your family in winter to make up for lacking nutrition in conventional produce and/or availability of local produce? Please share in the comments – and if you’re quick on the draw, I’d love for you to share a snippet of something you read this week that inspired (even angered!) you this week. Be sure to state the title and author, and/or give a link if appropriate.
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