Donna posted a comment the other day that got me thinking, about swearing off (or on) certain things, without recognizing that a pendelum usually refuses to stay at the highest point of its arc for too long. At some point, it's got to swing the other way.
This is something I need to remind myself, frequently. I can't do it all, so I feel like I'm not doing anything. Take the book I am reading right now, Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Vegetable Miracle. The premise is that she and her family ate only what they or local farmers produced, for an entire year. I am enjoying it, but I have to read it in small bits because it exhausts me just thinking about all that work. And then of course I feel like a great big slacker, because how come we're not raising our own turkeys and growing all our vegetables from seed and forsaking all junk food, amen?
I thought about this for a while, then decided just because we can't feed ourselves 100% of the time from local sources, doesn't mean I can't try to eat more from those sources. It will require a little bit of effort on my part, and I might have to leave the veggie comfort zone every so often (something my family does not cope with well -- probably all the more reason to try).
We don't belong to a CSA and we don't have a farmer's market very close to us -- but we do happen to have a lot of farmers. So here's my challenge to myself: only veggies and fruits available within a five mile radius from our house. Our own garden is of course included. My one exception is for a vast quantity of something we are going to preserve, such as the two cases of blueberries I drove down to Hammonton for today.
I am hoping to keep this up for three months and also hoping that I am not putting one of those pendulums in motion as I do. It's perfectly reasonable to do something for three short months, right?
And if I have to relent and purchase the occasional bag of broccoli slaw or baby carrots (which Terzo lives on), well, it's not the end of Western civilization as we know it.
p.s. Points to anyone who can tell me where the title of this post comes from...