When is the last time you tasted a fruit or vegetable that came directly from a farm? How long has it been since you ate something that wasn’t processed with chemicals or preservatives? The next time you drive by a roadside vegetable stand or farmers market, top and take a look around. Pick up a fresh ear of corn or a newly picked tomato and see if you notice a difference from that found at the grocery store. If you do, you will never look at processed food the same.
Most of us have a person in our life that is a nightmare to shop for. You know exactly who I am referring to – the person with eccentric taste who prefers one of a kind items as opposed to those mass produced on an assembly line. The quest for the perfect gift can lead to mounting frustration until you are at the end of your rope. Sound familiar?
Minnesotans love to soak up each moment of summer. We are enslaved for so long by icy winds and mounds of snow that at the first sign of warmth we need no encouragement to pull out our shorts and sunglasses. By June, our calendar is completely booked–we want to make the most of every minute that isn’t dampened by the snow. But you know what they say: time flies when you’re having fun. We feel like we are just getting used to the sun by the time the leaves begin to fall again. Now that summer is truly upon us, let’s try to slow down just a little bit. An easy place to start is how we do dinner.