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Culinate Newsletter April 12

(mailing, James Berry)

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 h1. Dear readers,

 This week Mark Bittman published a piece in the New York Times about  the recent spate of new books on the topic of processed food and the food industry in America. As you might expect, comments on the piece were abundant — from all perspectives. Buried in one of them was this line, exactly as written: "Eating a reasonably balanced diet is great of course but personally I think the search for the perfect food combination is silly and a waste of time." 

 Many of us know people who will drive 100 miles for a dish they love — heck, they'll fly across the ocean. While I wouldn't call such an endeavor "silly," I probably wouldn't go out of my way for a particular menu item or "perfect food combination." I would, however, go out of my way to purchase food from a farmer whom I can meet face-to-face. It's such a different experience than buying a cart full of stuff at the supermarket. (Of course, I do plenty of that too.)

 Now that we're well into spring, it's a good time to sign up for a CSA or arrange your schedule so that you can visit a farmers market each week. To me, the simple exchange of a few of dollars and a few minutes for fresh vegetables from a local farm is a "perfect food combination" — anything but a waste of time. 

 Kim Carlson
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