Week 52 – 52 Weeks Gone By

ekwetzel thinkingWow. Is it really over? A whole year has passed, and what do I have to show for it?

Well, I skipped a lot of blog posts. Especially recently! But, I kept taking pictures, so that has to count for something, right?

My life changed drastically over the past year: bought a house, lost a job, got pregnant and had a baby. I never expected any of these things.

When I started this blog series a year ago, I thought that eating local, organic, sustainably produced food was such an important and monumental task that I’d have plenty of material to blog about for a whole year. Supporting my local farm was “important business” in my mind. Everyone needed to know how it affected our family. I hoped my blog would incite others to eat locally and love fresh farm food. I expected to have these Big Important Ideas that I would share with you. I expected to write something that cut to the heart of the matter.

But, ya know what? Eating farm food is easy. And it’s simple, once you make the change of habit. Eating seasonally makes sense, and it just becomes a way of life. Yeah, there’s a period of transition when everything is new and exciting and a little difficult, but once you’re over that hump, eating is as simple as…well…eating!

phoebe and erin wetzelThere has been a lot of chaos and change in our lives over the last year, and you know what has been one of our constants? The farm food. I drive to the farm once a week and pick up our share of the crop. The farm food is consistently fresh and tasty. The farm food is consistently high quality and organic. I don’t have to check labels and wonder where it came from. I know: it’s local, it’s seasonal, it’s sustainably produced in those fields right out there.

I didn’t expect this. I expected to be ethereal and philosophical about food. But food is real; it’s tangible; it’s tactile. Food is rooted in reality. And my food is real food. I don’t need any labels to tell me that. I don’t need anyone to wax my apples or wax poetic about my pears. I don’t need a fancy box and an advertising campaign to convince me what to eat. I take my silent, simple food for what it is, and I carry on with my life.

csa pnw local harvest organic Week 52

Rainier Cherries
Snow Peas
Spring Salad Mix
Butter Head Lettuce

By ekwetzel

3 Responses to Week 52 – 52 Weeks Gone By

  1. liz July 10, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    I MISS rainier cherries. They are so much more expensive in Alabama. In Washington, there was a tree up the street from where I worked, and of course we sold them at Safeway.

  2. Sherri Erickson July 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    I love your hair! I haven’t seen it down in forever! And Phoebe looks smashing in her beanie hat!

  3. JD August 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Well you inspired this girl to do a CSA, I can say that for sure. We’d never done a farmers’ box before and reading your posts made me get on the bandwagon. Way to go!