Posted by Jennifer Heigl
If you’re like most folks, you’re knee-deep in the economical crunch, especially when it comes to food. Strangely, though gas and energy prices have decreased, food prices continue to skyrocket, particularly during this holiday season.
But is it really so bad? With food on our shelves, and overstocked supermarkets on every corner, perhaps we’re not remembering how difficult it could be. We’ve all had family members regale us in long-lost lore about mayonnaise sandwiches, sharing a loaf of bread amongst a whole neighborhood, or making tomato soup from leftover ketchup.
In an article last week, Los Angeles Times reporter Mary MacVean spoke to a few senior citizens who remember the food struggles of the Great Depression – and I’m not talking about the day your neighborhood Starbucks ran out of scones. From milkweed pods with grated cheese to mystery pot pies, older generations were appreciative of the foods they had available.
Cooking everything that came their way was a way of life for Hattie Adkins’ family. She was just a girl in the ’30s, when her family lived on a farm in Raeford, N.C., but her memories are strong. Her family and those around them ate what was ripe and ready, never thinking of themselves as “locavores,” just taking advantage of what was cheapest and best-tasting.
With the continued increase in food prices, and reduction in food availability year-round, perhaps it’s time to get back to the old ways of feeding ourselves and our neighbors, through community gardens, raising our own meats and dairy, and harvesting food items seasonally and locally.
Perhaps, dare I say, it’s time to get back to cooking for ourselves.