Thursday, July 22, 2010

Shhh...be very very quiet

(pssst....over here....yeah you.....I gotta tell you something.....)

WHY IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND HOLY, DOES ALL THE PRODUCE IN NJ SUCK?

Ok. Whew.

Last night I went food shopping. I barely hit the aisles anymore, as the outer ring gets me everything I eat as food and the house stuff is a separate Costco (read: expensive) trip. Yesterday, however, I found myself wandering the aisles because the produce section looked as if it was filled with cast-offs of the veggie wagon. The zucchini and squash were tiny and brown in spots, the tomatoes looked like sorry excuses, the potatoes even had sad little eyes (get it? Eyes..*cymbal crash*). There was little by way of organic as well. I know I should have hit the farmers market right?

Turns out it was the same story. Piles of aging produce next to nearly empty bins of greens. I guess the summer has taken a toll on produce all around. I am going to have to bite the $buck$ and go to Whole Foods. Even if I am paying double triple for the produce, at least the colors and quality is inspiring.

But getting back to those aisles...I wandered for a while since I couldn't find fresh stuff I liked, and you know what? I found myself disgusted at the number of "convenience" foods and over-processed Frankenstein foods out there. I used to buy some of this almost passable for real food stuff, sure, but since I started reading and practicing the good-in, good-out you-are-what-you-eat mentality, I couldn't imagine having canned soup again, let alone Lipton's Pasta Side Express (Made with Real Cheese! A Serving of Vegetables in Every Box!). Ugh.

Knowing now how fresh food makes you feel, and how home cooked doesn't always equate with labor-intensive, the choice over Big Industry Frankenfood or my own laboratory (read: kitchen) experiment is clear.

Let's just hope Igor (read: my Hubby) doesn't mind being the test subject.

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