Thinking back over yesterday’s meals, for breakfast I had a couple of eggs scrambled with banana peppers, bell peppers and onions. For lunch I had Red Red Stew (purple hull peas are the primary ingredient) and watermelon. For supper I had chicken, spaghetti squash with English peas, and Texas caviar. So almost all the food I ate yesterday was grown or raised here on this farm.
That’s fairly typical. It’s very rare for us to have a meal that isn’t substantially based on things grown here. That is not to say that everything we eat comes from the from. Yesterday I also had rice and bread, and we didn’t grow the rice or the wheat. But still, I’d wager that fewer than 1% of the people in our culture produce substantially all their own food. In fact, I’m pretty confident that even among farmers (who now comprise less than 1% of our population), most don’t produce a majority of the food they eat. So we are among a tiny minority of people in this culture who grow most of what they eat.
I realize of course that for most people being self-reliant for food isn’t an option. But while it is true that most people can’t produce most of their food, almost everyone can produce at least some of their own food.
As I’ve often written on this blog, food that is fresh from the garden is tastier and more nutritious that food that isn’t. And whole natural foods do our bodies good, while processed foods sicken and kill us. But even leaving aside those obvious reasons to grow your own food, I get a nice sense of satisfaction from knowing I raised the food on my plate. I’m pretty sure nearly everyone would.