This lesson took on a new twist the other day with my sauerkraut.
I’ve always noticed, instinctually, an increased value I place on food that I grow myself. With my own food I’ll carve around the worm hole, shave off the rotted or bruised part, and do whatever it takes to maximize my harvest.
With store bought food, I’ll probably just go buy another.
My first batch of sauerkraut came out real good. Even with my own personal bias, it’s good ‘kraut. But I made it with store bought cabbage.
Well, the other night my wonderful wife made potatoes and ‘kraut for dinner. She heated up a nice load of ‘kraut on the stove such that we didn’t eat it all with our ‘taters. While cleaning up it struck me that if that ‘kraut had come from a can, the amount left would have been considered compost, or waste. But because I made the ‘kraut, I’ll be damned if every last bit didn’t go back in the ball jar, and back in the fridge.
I think we use a lot of superficial reasons to try to encourage people to grow or raise some of their own food. They’re mostly all true; it tastes better, it’s more nutritionally dense, doing so reduces your carbon footprint, it’ll save you money, it makes you more resilient, maybe you can even sell some and turn a dime at it.
I wonder if the real reason we should grow your own food is to enhance our respect for what keeps us alive?
This has spawned a little mental exploration for me into other things that we may improperly value. Money. Time. Family. Health. Birds.
Millionaires who are miserable.
Families in poverty who project true happiness.
I’m not going to pretend I have the answers. I think it’s worthy of thought, though, so I hope this helps you think about your own values.
And hopefully even try growing some of your own food.