Guest Rant by Nathalie Lussier
You know what really rains on my parade? The idea that produce that someone else
grew is better than your own. I don’t know how the heck this notion came to be,
but it’s really been bugging me lately. (More than the bugs eating my cabbage
For the past 3 years, I’ve been tending an organic pesticide free
garden at my family home. I eat a lot of produce, so it helps financially. And
honestly nothing tastes as good as freshly picked vegetables from your backyard.
Except, for some strange reason that’s not the case for certain people in my
It’s almost as if food that you pick yourself, clean yourself,
and prepare yourself is somehow subpar to food that you buy. Maybe it’s the idea
that other people have some “secret ingredient” to growing vegetables, or
preparing them. But I don’t think that’s it. Maybe it’s the idea that you might
have missed a bug when you were cleaning the produce off. (Crunch, crunch.) I
don’t know for sure.
Or maybe it’s the value that other people place on
the produce they are selling that makes it more attractive. Like, maybe the
money you are exchanging for this cucumber or this lettuce makes it worth more
in your eyes? Because you had to spend money for it.
Personally I just
can’t wrap my mind around the idea that food you buy is somehow better than food
you can grow yourself. Isn’t it so much better to know exactly what goes into
the soil, and that no other customers with grubby hands touched your veggies
before you ate them?
Anyways, that’s just one of the things that has
really been bothering me about having my own garden. That, and the need to pawn
excess vegetables off to unsuspecting neighbors. I always thought giving excess
fruit and vegetables to neighbors was a kindness, and not a way to lose friends.
I have 5 large zucchinis that say otherwise.