What Grows In Supermarket

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

When my grandson was about 3 years old, the Day Care Center had a field trip to the farm. He came back full of joy from seeing and touching the animals. Of course, he saw a cow there as well.

Next day at day care, the teacher, talking about their trip to the farm, asked him where the milk came from, and without hesitation he said “Nancy”. Cow was just a cow, but Nancy from Day Care center was giving him milk.

I sometimes think that young generation in America believes that fruits and vegetables grow in the supermarket.

When I lived in the Bronx, coming from train #5 to Co Op City, I passed a few wild apple trees, and I would get a handful of those tiny apples, which back in Russia were called "Paradise Apples" or “Heavenly apples”, (don't know what the right translation would be), and would eat as I walked, and it scared people who saw it. One guy looked at me in disbelief, and asked how I could eat them.

Heavenly ApplesHe said that if it was not in the supermarket, it was not safe.

But I ate them, and other wild fruits and berries, and even picked mushrooms, which were growing under the trees…

My daughter, when she lived in Pennsylvania, brought wild mushrooms she found right by the house, and her American husband threw then away. Now he has trust in her abilities, and mushrooms make it to the table.

I laughed hard when he was telling how he watched his pregnant wife sitting in the grass on the front lawn and picking something and sticking it into her mouth. Well, it was wild strawberries… Yep, there is such thing as wild strawberries, and though they look like dwarfs compared to the cultured variety sold in stores, they are very tasty.

I am trying not to forget how fruits and vegetables grow, so that I can tell it to my granchildren.

But they think that I am old and crazy... :)

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Hi Jon,

This story is extraordinary on a few levels.  First how kids can get the misconception about 'greatness' of the supermarket.  Second about how we have moved away from the simple concept of planting a seed, nourishing it to grow and enjoying the fruit from the seed.

I truly enjoyed reading your post as it reminded me of my childhood experience of walking out into my front yeard and picking the most beautiful deep red plums from the tree in our front yard.  Me and my younger brother and sister would have smorgabord from the fruit of that tree.  And also of the years my father and mother planted a garden in the back yard.  Such wonderfully simple life.

Best of GREAT success to you sir always!

Dec 13, 2013 11:50 AM #53
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It's incredible how our society has become to dependent on artificial foods and presentation of food that our youth don't know what the origins of food are.

Dec 13, 2013 03:14 PM #54
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It's important to enjoy nature's bounty. Most concerning are mushrooms as there are so many different varieties and many are poisonous. Conversely, wild blackberries grow everywhere and I've never known of a poisonous blackberry. My daughter always liked to suck the nectar out of honeysuckle. We always tended to intersperse strawberries, blueberries and raspberries within our landscaping to entice everyone to enjoy the backyard even more.

Dec 13, 2013 08:33 PM #58
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Pamela - it is weird that supermarket in the eyes of many people became the embodiment of goodness and safety...

Dec 13, 2013 10:01 PM #59
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Bill - good for you.

Dec 13, 2013 10:02 PM #60
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Leslie - yes, this is the problem of big cities. Generations ago even there everyone were from a smaller or rural place, but several generations after we have supermarket as the source of food.

And youngsters tend to confuse where the food is bought with where it grows.

Dec 13, 2013 10:04 PM #61
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Catherine - good point. We can rely on a supermarket living in a big city, but begin worshiping the food in supermarket as the only good and safe? Crazy...

Dec 13, 2013 10:05 PM #62
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Carla - I always thought that my daughter never had a green thumb, and I was so wrong. She grows a small garden, and it is both fun and food. More fun, though :)

Dec 13, 2013 10:07 PM #63
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Margaret - at least something good from your neighbor. But how funny that your daughter would avoid it

Dec 13, 2013 10:44 PM #64
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Silvia - they are , of course, very different

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Larry - I love pecans :)

Dec 13, 2013 10:46 PM #66
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Alexandra - it is like back to basics...

Dec 13, 2013 10:47 PM #67
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Jordon - and we should not go away from planting a seed and growing a plant. I believe commnity gardens, even school gardens would be a bridge to land.

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Ralph - seems like urbanization takes the toll, but is is surprising that we do not counter with anything

Dec 13, 2013 10:49 PM #69
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Aaron - with mushrooms one sure has to be careful. It was the most popular fall activity in Russia, more than fishing and more than hunting, and we knew local variety of wild mushrooms...

But people scared of trying an apple from a tree?

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One of the benefits of living in a rural area it that we get used to picking lots of wild treats and those wild strawberries are a special treat.

Dec 14, 2013 12:50 PM #71
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Bob - living in rural area means living closer to land, and it is a benefit, if we think of it

Dec 14, 2013 03:33 PM #72
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This is what I like most when living in a rural area. It's like living in your own world like sitting in the grass on the front lawn and picking something to eat. I know this is kind of weird for children of todays who live in an urban area. 

Dec 15, 2013 04:23 PM #73
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Jon, what a wonderful post.  Many have never had such an experience and if one were lucky to grow up in a rural area or even a working farm - what a different perspective it provides.  It's good to know where our food comes from.  Happy holidays!

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I remember my days growing up on the farm in France, with the cows, chickens, goats and rabbits, We got all of our Milk, cheese, and even butter!  I remember helping my grandma make butter and get goats milk too.  We use to pick our potatoes, mushrooms and escargots! I remember that everything we picked or pulled out of the dirt we ate. Even the little animals, that I assumed were all of our pets, we ate! (Rabbits & Chickens) The only thing my grandma use to purchase was our French Bread and the man in the truck would come by once week to sell her bread.

 

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