On Rich Ground Summer 2016
Just for the fun of it…
Food is a serious topic. We need food to live. We need certain types of food to stay healthy. How food is grown has an impact on our environment. There are problems with food in schools, challenges with nutritional education, and travesties with food access. I hope you seek out information to make conscious food choices, but I also hope that, sometimes, you just have some fun with food.
I am not a gardener. I have proven, time and again, that I have the black thumb of death. But there is something immensely satisfying in enjoying parts of the gardening process. Whether it is admiring a beautiful community garden, seeing fruit ripen on a tree over time as I pass by, or enjoying a little OCD-time seeking out and winnowing seeds to save.
I’ve never been much of a “shopper.” I find my twice-yearly trips to the mall to be painful, no matter how brief. Yet, shopping for an hour (or three) at a farmers’ market guarantees that I meet new or run into long-time friends, find something dazzling to eat, or benefit from a pleasant, lazy walk outside.
When I had dogs, I didn’t enjoy taking them out to eat. They were too ill-at-ease outside the comfort zone of our home for me to relax and enjoy the meal. But boy, did I have fun snapping the photos for our Dining with Dogs feature. I got to spend several meals with a good friend and some unusual sit-down-and-chat instead of pass-you-in-the-hall time with neighbors. Plus, I got endless puppy kisses, wagging tails, and even some doggie slobber on the camera lens. (And a good laugh when Rick the Golden Retriever snagged a few slurps of my beer). What’s not fun about that?
Summertime is your window to have some fun. Gorge on watermelon. See if you can go vegetarian on a vacation. Make some ice cream. Get your hands dirty. Snap a photo. Try something new. And have a very fun and delicious summer.