Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Food Family Farm

Where does food come from? 
That has become a popular question. Is my food healthy and nourishing? Will it taste good? 
There was a time in my life that I didn't worry about that. As far as I was concerned, food came from our kitchen. Meals were put on the table three times a day. If I was ever hungry in between, there was lunch. 
I was a skinny little picky eater, but I had no worries. I ate Mom's Food.
My Mom is the farm girl on the left. She has spent only a few years away from GriggsDakota. They were spent in college where she earned a degree in Home Economics. Because of her commitment to doing things right, we were fed a balanced diet at every meal. Let me say that again, we were fed a balanced diet at every meal. That didn't happen by accident. It took the full time commitment of a woman who would rather cook than eat. 
On the farm the meals are breakfast, morning lunch, dinner, afternoon lunch, supper, evening snack if you continue working after supper or you have company over.  We ate fruits and vegetables at every meal. This was no small accomplishment in GriggsDakota.
 She raised a big garden, plus a patch of sweet corn. 
We canned or froze what we didn't eat. We bought crates of fruit in the summer, again canning or freezing what we didn't eat.
 Rhubarb, apples, berries, and more were prepared and served. Home made sauce and jams were on our table nearly every day all winter. Orange juice for breakfast. Broccoli was a treat reserved for special occasions. Watermelon and cantaloupe were a summertime treasure, because Mom thought they were delicious.
There was a commitment to cleanliness in her kitchen. Washing, wiping and scrubbing were constant.  Never use the dish cloth for anything , but dishes. The kitchen sink is for food and dishes. Wash your hands elsewhere. Soak the grapes in the water for a couple of minutes, then rinse them off. They have taken a long trip to get here. Rinse the orange before you peel it or cut into it. Who touched it before you? Wipe off the top of your pop can before you drink from it. The hem of your t-shirt is cleaner than that can. Use it if you must. 
Clean the grill before you use it. Cook the hamburger well, it's been through a grinder. Save rare meat for beef steak, home grown, of course. Stir fry is fine as long as you cook the meat and wash the vegetables.  Chop the vegetables first, then the meat. Don't let different foods touch while raw. The lessons were endless.
We baked much of our own bread and all of our desserts. Precise measuring was stressed endlessly. 
Crack the egg, from our own chicken coop, into a little bowl and look it over before adding it to anything. She pasteurized the milk we drank. 
Thankfully, times have changed. While we still produce and prepare food, we enjoy modern convenience.
 Why am I writing all of this? To let you know how seriously we take food. We produce it and we eat it. Consumers need to know how hard farmers in America are working to produce healthy affordable food for the world. We want everyone to be able to eat every day. It is our part of making the world a better place.
 
In GriggsDakota, farmers care about the future of our food.





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