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A Trip to the Grocery Store…

English: Different potato varieties. – The pot...

English: Different potato varieties. – The potato is the vegetable of choice in the United States. On average, Americans devour about 65 kg of them per year. New potato releases by ARS scientists give us even more choices of potatoes to eat. Deutsch: Verschiedene Kartoffelsorten (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

…well, not just any grocery store.  Chuck’s Produce and Street Market in Vancouver, WA is my go-to place for groceries.  I have many reasons, one being the wonderful ladies and gentlemen behind the deli counter who are so nice to my mom and myself when we shop on Tuesdays.  *waves hello and gives thanks for the pickled onions*

Part of our produce selections was a bag of organic russet potatoes (a half a potato with vegetarian chili chases the winter chill away, fyi) and for the first time in my life I smelled a potato.  Not that I could get away from it.  That bag smelled so earthy, rich and yes, REAL.  Those potatoes smelled as if they were just dug from the ground.  I have purchased potatoes before (many times) but this was the first time that earthy smell really hit me.  Think about it: the ground gave up this delicious, good for you potato.  No added colors, preservatives, chemicals, nothing.  Just potatoes.

For those who don’t eat a whole lot of “real” food, I implore you to become one with the glorious root vegetables that are prevalent this time of year.  Oh, and put down those bags of baby carrots.  Have a real carrot, with the green tops still on.  Carrots are sweet, did you know, and the majority of their nutrients come from the skin and the layer beneath.  Baby carrots are shaved down regular carrots, so the majority of the nutrients were wasted for the ease of convenience.  Wash your carrots, then eat them.  Don’t peel them.

It’s crazy but yes, a bag of potatoes inspired me for this post.  It was a toss-up between the potatoes, or the amazing oranges that were available.  Thin-skinned, easy to peel globes of nutrition.  When I walked into Chuck’s I smelled the oranges before I saw them.  I only got four of them, my mother doesn’t eat oranges because she’s been disappointed once the rind comes off.  Not these.  We have to go back to get more.

Chuck’s isn’t everywhere, sadly.  For those not in the area, check online to see if there is an organic market in your area, then give them a visit.  The earth gives up an abundance of fruits and vegetables, full of flavor and color and beauty.  No big food marketing campaign and replicate what food can do in its natural state.

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I Give You…Carrots and some Fun Carrot Facts.

English: A bunch of carrots (Daucus carota), w...

English: A bunch of carrots (Daucus carota), washed and placed on a wooden cutting board (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Glorious carrots! Thanks Liz!

Image of "baby-cut" carrots

Image of “baby-cut” carrots (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Baby-Cut carrots, the popular snack, are a bit lower in vitamins and minerals than your standard carrot.  The majority of nutrients in carrots and in and just below the skin, and whittling a mature carrot into a baby-cut carrot eliminates the most nutritious part of the carrot.  I used to love baby-cut carrots, but once I tasted a carrot with its dark green, lush greenery still attached, I haven’t gone back.  Besides, a plastic bag of baby-cut carrots costs more than a simple bunch of carrots.  Save some money, grab a knife and    cut your own carrots, and taste what a carrot really tastes like.

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August!

autumn leaf

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I am super super ‘cited (as my friend Wendi says) because with the month of August comes the thrill of Fall arriving soon.

Don’t get me wrong, I like summer.  Summer’s abundance brings the most amazing fruits and vegetables, and there’s nothing like pulling a carrot right right out of the ground, rinsing it off with the garden hose, and eating it with the greens still on top.  The taste of a “real” carrot is absolutely amazing.  Those filed down baby carrots in the bag cannot hold a candle to the real thing.  Baby carrots are convenient, but I prefer cutting my own simply for the taste.

I recall one summer years ago, my  mother and I went to this super gourmet grocery store across the street from where I lived at the time.  The places was all hard wood floors and spot lighting and the most amazing local produce.  Mother and I were perusing the fruit, when a local farmer walked in thru the front door with baskets and baskets of just picked blackberries.  These things were absolutely gigantic and the nice man offered my mother a berry, it was still warm from the sun.  I remember watching her eyes rolling to the back of her head in bliss (I mean, mothers do that?) as blackberry  juice ran down her chin.  She took home four pints of berries that day.

Falls brings its own wonderful gifts.  Root vegetables, chillier nights, the warmth of homemade soup and bread coming from the kitchen, sweaters, hot tea, the soothing smell of wood burning stoves  as I drive home from work at night.

Can’t wait for Fall, now.

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