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  •  Most people do not buy Gravensteins as apples (5+ / 0-)

    This type of apple is mostly used for apple sauce and apple juice.  It is wonderful in apple pies as well but rarely sold outside it's region as apples.
    I had a gravenstein apple tree and would "put up" apple sauce and sliced apples.  We also dehydrated them for snacks.

    And no, that is not why fruits and vegetables have no taste.  They have no taste because you are buying the cheap crap from far away instead of supporting your local growers.  Yeah that tomato may cost you a few cents more but it was picked yesterday or this morning and not last week.  Nor was it forced in a hothouse.

    It's bull that the American farm is gone and replaced by corporations.  Yeah the big ones maybe but I bet your town or city has a farmers market.  We have more than one.  Local farmers bring their crops to be sold one or two days out of the week or there are stands that carry local food every day.  

    When my children were smaller, I bought my fruits and vegetables from such a stand.  I bought my eggs from a chicken ranch that sold the "checks" eggs (less perfect) for a discount by the flat.  The chickens were free range.  My meat was butchered and packaged at the store I bought it at by a real butcher.  Be forewarned though, locally grown fruits and vegetables will not look "perfect".  They aren't supposed to look perfect!

    The best way to initiate change is to vote with your wallet.  Support your local farmers and ranchers.  Not only will you get better, more nutritious and taster food, you will stimulate your local economy.  

    You can even grow some of your own.  We grew tomatoes and lemon cucumbers and of course zucchini.  We also had other fruit trees.  The children loved to go out and gather the tomatoes and cucumbers.  We also had blackberries, they grow like weeds here.  

    Even in cities, you can grow stuff on a patio in containers or find a community garden that allows you a small plot to plant in. I think it is important to teach our children where their food comes from and that they can grow their own.

    •  We have a great farm with a market on site (2+ / 0-)
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      less than 4 miles from our home.  In the summer, we get our fruit and vegetables from there.  During the winter, we shop at Poppa Joes.  It is expensive, not as good as summer fresh, but a heck of a lot better than box chain grocery stores.  

      We use to grow tomatoes and basil each summer for a tomato salad (mmmm good), but we have deer and they eat everything.  They even come up on our back deck to eat from the bird feeder.   We had to remove it, and obviously give up our home grown stuff.  

      As I child, I use to visit my uncles farm.  He had a peach orchard.  We would ride in the wagon behind the tractor and eat a million peaches out of the bushel baskets and fresh from the trees.  We'd end up a sticky and picky (peach fuzz) mess from face to toe, but boy, were they good.  

      Don't tax the rich, starve the poor.

      by dkmich on Sat Sep 25, 2010 at 05:13:27 AM PDT

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    •  It appears that you are recommending (0+ / 0-)

      eating fresh produce only when it is locally produced and in season, and none at all for most of the year. Do you really mean that?

      "Too big to fail" is not too big to jail.

      by Angela Quattrano on Sat Sep 25, 2010 at 08:51:44 AM PDT

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