Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Romeo, Romeo, Where For Art Thou Romeo?
The need to preserve heirloom vegetables, fruits and animals is very urgent. If you're unfamiliar with what heirlooms are, they are strains that have been handed down and grown for in some cases, thousands of years. If we allow Big Corporate Food Commodities to dictate our food sources (which believe me, doing the research- is exactly what they are intent on doing, I'm not naming names for fear of slander prosecution ...and believe me on this one, they do that too). Heirloom varieties are amazing! Such wonderful flavors, colors and beauty.
And, I might add that they are super easy to grow in containers. If I could beseech you to do one thing, it would be to plant an heirloom tomato pot on your deck, windowsill, flower garden where ever you have a little space. Experiment a little bit, give something different a try. I can promise you that you won't be disappointed, and if nothing else, you've given yourself the satisfaction of growing food to nourish yourself. Every step towards self sufficient is the best step to make.
As I was browsing the many different varieties of heirloom plants my friend had lovingly started for her sale, I was having such a tough time choosing between which type I wanted to try next. I was so very saddened to hear my friend trying to explain to a woman who was not going for the gold, orange or purple tomatoes that no, she didn't have red varieties in large tomatoes. The woman disgustedly told her, "That's ridiculous! Well, if I'm going to eat a tomato, it's got to be red, I'm used to eating red ones". I was saddened to hear this and also sad for her that she was so set in her ways that she wouldn't even try a new variety. Expand her tastes beyond those grocery store tomato like vegetables she was so conditioned to eating. Sad, indeed. Expand your horizons, folks, it's not only good for our food options, but it's just plain good for the soul.
Wishing you purple tomatoes in your gardens, ~Peacemom