As you know I am a big, big fan of Green products and being kind to our planet. All that started when I was a kid and lived on a farm. Used to use as little chemical products as possible. Compost, crop-rotation and natural fertilizers were popular even then. Up early with a very sharp hoe, my Grand Mother and Grand Father did more in the early morning hours than most folks today do all day. They knew the true meaning of work and it was their guiding principle each day.
They never put off till tomorrow what could be done today. Since they knew that tomorrow would present a whole new packet of opportunities, work for today was done today. We spent Summer evenings shelling peas or beans on the front porch watching the fireflies do their thing! From early morning till late evening they never stopped. Vegetables picked, shelled, canned or blanched for freezing, hulls put in recycle bins, worms fed and the cycle began again.
And we can all follow this example. Ask yourself if you are really doing all you can to recycle? Do you purchase products that are in recyclable packaging, from sustainable resources? Do we use too many take-out plastic containers when we know we can bring along our own containers to carry home our leftovers?
Are we putting off till tomorrow making a few small changes that can make a big difference for us as well as the planet? Are we using green cleaning products that don’t pollute, don’t contain harmful chemicals that cause asthma problems in our children or peril for our pets should they wonder into a spill? Are we using the safest green cleaning products that can be found or just looking at the labels buying from the pictures?
As in my Grand Parent’s day, we need to take responsibility for ourselves, grow more of our own food, learn how local farmers keep prices down by selling locally, learn that fresh is better and organic means no chemicals. Eating local produce, local beef, chicken, fish may mean a bit higher price since it is not massed produced, but it also means better taste, higher quality of product available and is always a boost to the local economy! Win – Win for all involved.
So scout out some local farmers markets, local fisheries and local chicken farmers who have free-range chickens for eggs and meat. Yummy. Local fruit is delectable since it can stay on the tree or vine till ripe. An amazing idea! Ripe fruit, tree ripened is wonderful in desserts, salads and just as an afternoon snack. Fill those lunch boxes with fresh local fruits, vegetable salads and enjoy.
Look at your habits, see where a few simple changes can bring you back to using local produce, local fruits and local eggs etc. Plant a few rows of corn next spring, a few tomato plants for sweet goodness to add to salads and salsa all summer. Now is a great time for winter squash, turnip greens and collards. Plant in a flower pot or in a small garden, but get involved in your own life. Feed yourself and you will appreciate the work and effort of the local farmers when you purchase you next batch of vegetables for that big pot of vegetable soup! Stay well.