I discovered a great little produce stand near our home this summer. It calls itself a "farmers market", but it's really just an old-time produce stand that gets a lot of locally grown organic fruits and vegetables, plus wines, cheeses, nuts, olives and olive oil, and vacuum sealed organic meat and poultry. I love walking in there after work, and just inhaling the odor of all those fresh fruits -- the peaches, plums, pluots, grapes, and berries. I got great English peas still in the pod there this summer, and the heirloom tomatoes that I smoked and turned into a salsa were delicious.
Yet I find myself facing a bit of a conundrum. Despite the fact that most of the produce that they sell is grown within 100 miles of the stand, and that it has lower impact on the soil, and that it is likely more nutritious, it costs more. Food is one of the few luxuries that I seem to allow myself without a second thought... but it is also a big part of our monthly expenses around here. I'm not sure it's something I can continue to justify. Or is a few extra dollars every shopping trip worth the expense?
It's been a nice weekend so far. I found myself completely at loose ends on a Saturday afternoon for the first time in... I don't know how long. Mrs. Geek was out most of the day, attending an educational technology presentation. I was hoping to attend online traffic school to take care of the traffic ticket I got last April. That got shot down when our cable broadband modem stopped working this morning. So, I watched some TV. I cleaned the kitchen and the dining room table. I did some laundry. I took a nap. It was great.
on 2008-10-04 at 8:13 p.m.
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