Wednesday, September 19, 2012

We Need More Spoiled Americans

Have you ever taken a tomato that slipped into your palm with the slightest of tugs and eaten it, straight from the vine, at the peak of its glorious ripeness while it was still warm from the sun? Have you ever grown a melon that was so outlandishly sweet that people accused you of sprinkling sugar on it before you served it to them? Have you ever sliced into freshly harvested onions that were so powerfully pungent and juicy it was hard to believe that they were only half the size of their store bought counterparts? Have you ever tasted the natural sweetness of carrots pulled from the ground only minutes before, reveled in their magnificent aroma as you grated them and then savored them in a freshly baked carrot cake? If you have never done any of these things, you don't know what you're missing. You need to join those of us who have. You need to become a spoiled American.

 Indeed you will become a spoiled American once you have tried any of the things mentioned above. You will realize that what you have been getting from the local supermarket is nothing but the pale imitation of what produce is supposed to look like and taste like. And you will be loathe to ever settle for such fare again. So I invite you to join us in our spoiled ways. You don't need an acre of land or a green thumb. Got a south facing window? Grow some herbs. Got a balcony or patio that gets plenty of sun? Grow some peppers and other container vegetables. And after you have spoiled yourself, spoil a few friends. They'll thank you for it.

No comments: