Is it even food?
Still in the process of collecting prices, Wednesday is the day I work at the Wild Ramp Market and I thought the cold misty sleet would keep customers away and I could gather price info there but it was busy. This was, I admit, a good problem, but it means I am behind on giving you the info I want to, comparing the Wild Ramp prices with the local supermarkets.
I understand that the issue of food quality is unknown for the food items at the grocery stores. We know about how the Wild Ramp food is produced because we get to visit and ask questions about the farming or production process. Everything sold there is produced within 150 miles of Huntington.
You know that you can buy ground beef that has a lot of fat and to buy lean ground beef costs more. If someone is on a very tight food budget it is hard to convince them that paying more for less-waste-to-fat makes more sense. So not everyone understands that paying more for better quality is worth it. Some people even say that healthy food like that sold at the Wild Ramp Market is something only upper middle class people are allowed to access. The debate rages, but people act based on information they receive and how willing they are to make changes.
I read another blog today that talked about how the food most of us eat is not “real”. The Dr. Mercola blogsite addresses concerns about how the foods in our stores have been changed so much as the food industry became a big business. Some countries which used to import American beef no longer will accept any because of the chemicals that are included in the raising of the animals and the processing of the meat. But the U.S. permits these and so we eat it, unless we chose differently. If we know. And then you act on that knowledge.
Years ago, back in the late 1970s a friend had some hot dog buns sitting on his kitchen counter. He did not eat them right away and it became a point of interest as the weeks went by to check them out. Several MONTHS later I pointed out there was no mold and he thought that was really neat. I told him to think about it…..if the chemicals in the bread kept it from spoiling, what would they do in his body. He actually spent about 5 seconds thinking about it before he laughed and changed the subject. It made him uncomfortable but I noticed the buns hit the trash soon after.
Dr. Mercola’s blog tells the difference between “Real Food” and the “Processed Food-Like Products”. This chart is an easy way to see the differences.
In all the years that I have been doing the grocery shopping for my family, the increased selection of frozen foods has amazed me. Where in my childhood there were only aluminum foil trays to heat in the oven, now there are microwavable trays or boil bags of foreign cuisines, pizzas of various thicknesses and flavors and snack foods galore. The tastes grab us, but only until you try to read the ingredients which are typically laden with chemicals.
Know your farmer.Buy wholesome ingredients. Take time to cook.