last night i re-watched the film Food, Inc.

i watched it a year or so ago and remember feeling like i never wanted to eat processed food again. i had the same feeling after watching King Corn. just a prevailing sense of “ick!” 

in an ideal world, i would shop exclusively at farmer’s markets, or better yet, go to u-pick farms with my family and pick all our own food. i would have a cow for milk and make my own dairy products, and a hive full of bees for our own honey… and on and on- but you get the picture.

but this is “reality island”, as a good friend likes to call it. we live a busy life in 2011, and we try to juggle our resources and our responsibilities with our aspiration to do our best. like everyone else, we try and sometimes we fail. so we try again, and hopefully we fail a little less each time.

we planted a garden. we wanted some fresh vegetables that didn’t require an hour’s drive to get to a farm. we thought it would be a nice thing. we checked with the city, we checked with the neighbors, and we planted a garden. that’s it.

we now find ourselves in a storm of controversy worthy of some high level mischief. seriously? it’s a GARDEN. it’s not a high crime or treason or murder. IT’S VEGETABLES. and yes, we did throw in a few flowers.


thank you to everyone who is hearing about this and saying so many nice things! we really do appreciate the support and the encouragement! i know a few posts ago i failed to answer to some of the comments. in general, i like to make sure that i at least acknowledge each person who takes the time to write something, so i’m sorry for the oversight. sometimes real life gets in the way of this blog 😉

which really is as it should be. in fact, today i am baking cookies with the kids and doing some cooking for the weekend. like all families everywhere, we have laundry that needs to be put away, the dishes need to be washed (thank you to my husband who washed a whole sink full before i even woke up!!!), the bills need to be paid, the house needs to be swept, and a myriad of other tasks that, quite shockingly, do not go away just because we have a famous/infamous garden!

so, please bear with me  as i struggle, like all moms everywhere, to juggle my various responsibilities. what you say is important to us.

but so are the cookies 😉