Yesterday in my food lab, we watched a short documentary on Alice Waters. I am ashamed to say that I didn’t really know who she was before watching the movie. Her name sounded familiar, but I definitely could not tell you who she was or what she did. Well that certainly changed after watching the movie. I was so inspired by her! The way she spoke about the food she cooked and served was beautiful. I’ve been thinking about her food philosophy ever since.
I think you can tell that a documentary (at least the social/political kind) is a good one if it: 1. makes you want to change the way you do something, and 2. makes you feel guilty for doing what you are currently doing which, in effect, is the catalysis for #1. Obviously, the documentary talked a LOT about using the freshest local foods. I started to feel really guilty. I live in Lancaster, PA. There are countless farms for miles in every direction. I mean, its hard to drive 2 miles without coming up on one. I also learned, at the Lighten Up Lancaster meeting, that there are a total of 773 roadside stands in Lancaster County. 773! Holy moly, thats a lot. How many I visited in the last year: 0. Ugh. I am ashamed as I type it. Whyyy haven’t I taken advantage of the fresh local produce all around me?! Well, I guess that’s easy, actually. I’m a sucker for convenience. Even though I love the process of choosing the foods we will eat for the week, I prefer to make one trip to the grocery store, rather than a few trips to multiple places.
The good news is that the farms and farm stands are not going anywhere, so I can start now and begin buying my produce fresh and locally! I’ll probably have to ease into it as I find stands that are close to where I live. I dont even know if stands are open in the winter months. I’m so excited to start exploring the farms of Lancaster County more! I’m totally going to ride on this inspiration high for as long as possible, and hopefully make a change that gets incorporated into my daily life!