Tuesday, November 19, 2013

When Did We Become So Disconnected?

This is a HUGE question.  Disconnected from what?  Since this is Mary's Kitchen we'll talk about Food.  When did food mean something you buy in a store; all packed up, processed and in glittery packaging.

When did we forget where our food comes from? When did we stop caring?  Before I continue, I am aware that I keep using "WE" and by that I mean People everywhere but mostly "developed" countries.

When I'm @ the YG Market I have the opportunity to interact with so many people every weekend.  They say that 1,500-2,000 people visit the market every weekend.

I've heard some of the most crazy, odd and ignorant statements EVER when I'm exposed to so many people from all over the world.  One guy was speaking with my neighbor about the organic plants she sells.  He said "these are all organic?" and she says Yep.  He replies, "Oh I won't plant anything organic."  WHAT?!?

Then there was a young girl (probably 20) and I asked her if she grew her own fruits, veggies or herbs.  She stated she lived in an apartment.  My common answer is "That's okay.  You can grow a Basil plant on a balcony or window sill and have fresh basil in about 30 days."  She asked "And you can eat it?"  
Cue the eye-bulge, jaw-drop animation!

YES!!!!  You CAN grow it AND eat it!

I was a very blessed kid growing up.  My mom cooked most of our meals during the week and she was a great cook.  My Granny taught us how to cook and she grew the BEST tasting tomatoes I have ever eaten.  Both of these amazing women were very strong influences in my life.

Every home should have a garden even if it's just a Basil plant.  It's time to start learning about where our food comes from and how to grow our own.  At the end of the day, all we have is the skills of our hands and the knowledge in our head.


  1. Sometimes I don't think people stop caring they just started trusting the big corporations and the government too much. I wonder what the lady meant by she wouldn't grow anything organic - that has be baffled. I agree with you that everyone should have some type of garden - no matter how small. You can learn a lot about nature and life from watching things grow and nurturing them. Have a wonderful day

  2. Growing up on a farm, I guess I've never become disconnected. And I agree, every home should grow "something".

  3. I watched a documentary the other night called "Food Fight" on Netflix. It talked about when food became more processed, and was geared to the convenience of not having to cook.

  4. Great thoughts here. I loved gardening when I was able. I hope to container garden this spring. I would love to turn my outer room into a vegetable oasis in the winter time. I am glad we got to reconnect. :)

    Mary-andering Creatively

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