Start to finish.
A friend recommended a book to me that (honestly) I wasn’t sure I would really “get.” Oh, I got it, and I really, really liked it. It fit along with my whole, “I wish I was a prairie girl.” Seriously, I was born in the wrong era.
The book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle was written by Barbara Kingsolver and documents her family’s year of eating locavore (eating only locally produced food). If you think it sounds like a strange book, it’s not. I felt the same way until about 15 minutes into the book. The book actually makes you think, really think, about those bananas in your fruit bowl and how the heck they showed up in your local supermarket when bananas don’t grow anywhere near your region. It details the family’s struggles, their miracles (e.g., baby turkeys), some yummy recipes, and much more. If you grow a garden; if you’ve ever dreamed of having chickens; if you wish your food tasted better; if you love visiting farmer’s markets—this book is for you.
With that in mind, here is my weekly contribution to eating locally. I grew the above pumpkins in my garden. I baked and froze the puree for the seasons when pumpkin is not available. I then roasted the pumpkin seeds for snacking. To finish the cycle, I tossed the pumpkin shells into our compost pile! Start to finish pumpkins. Good karma to my friend for the great book recommendation, to Barbara Kingsolver and her family, and every person who craves better food.