My grandmother was a complete domestic goddess.
She cooked, she cleaned, she grew and canned vegetables, she made jam and preserves, she taught her parakeet to talk and she ironed sheets and handkerchiefs while watching her "stories" during the day while my grandfather was at work. She also rocked a pair of cat eye glasses ;)
While I don't ever think that my house will be as clean as hers was, I did take a page from her book and manage to plant a garden this year. I have hopes of minimizing the amount of pesticides in our food. I have dreams of bright red, juicy creole tomatoes sliced on white bread with mayo (don't knock it until you've tried it!). I believe that I can grow enough vegetables from $1.29 seed packets to freeze and use when they are out of season. Most of all, when I'm out there digging in the dirt, I feel a kinship with my most treasured family member and I'm hopeful that my granddaughter will one day have the same fond memories of me.
A bonus to growing my own veggies is that I'm not reliant on a big farm or an 18 wheeler to get them to me. Just this past week, I ran across some information on the environmental impact of buying goods that aren't produced locally. With all of the local farmer's markets and a new emphasis by grocery stores on local products, we really don't have much of an excuse for not shopping for locally grown food.
Kind of makes you want to grab a hoe and some seeds, doesn't it? I know that I'd rather eat a tomato that I picked this morning or a local farmer picked yesterday than one that was gassed and waxed and packaged a week ago before being shipped across the country.
Need some help getting started? LSU Ag Center information on gardening in Louisiana
Are you already a local gardener? We'd love to see pictures of what you are growing. Feel free to share them!
Originally published at West Bank Living