What does fresh really mean?

I have been getting a box of fresh produce from a Pine Grove farm this whole summer.  It costs me $20 a week.  The farmer or his wife usually delivers it to me and to a few other community members while they are at it.  The farmers are friends but even more than helping them out in this economy, it is money well spent considering it costs me half that much to get to the grocery store in my car.  And the produce seems to last more than a couple of days.

I have learned to eat what is in season locally by purchasing this box.  The only challenge I have truly had is my husband said that the one vegetable he would not eat was a turnip.  I got a box of them.  Hmmmm.  I made a mash of beets turnips potatoes, onions, apples and pears.  He is now in love with turnips.

I was so looking forward to heirloom tomatoes this past week.  Well it seems the deer ate the tops off all the plants and then proceeded to pluck off the tomatoes one by one and then they only ate  one bite. Drat.

Fresh.  The word has made me rethink what my food priorities are.

Think about this:  If every person in Hood River County Oregon spent just 20% of their grocery budget on local food it would impact the economy of the county by almost $3 million dollars.

Food for thought.