Friday, September 3, 2010

Food Rules Friday

Today's feature is Rule 15 from Michael Pollan's book, "Food Rules - An Eater's Manual ."

Michael Pollan is an acclaimed author and whole food/heathy eating advocate. He is the author of the best selling "In Defense of Food" and "The Omnivore's Dillemma."

Rule #15:  "Get out of the supermarket whenever you can."

"You won't find any high fructose corn syrup at the farmers' market."


Anonymous said...

Yeehaw! Our local farmers market is on Saturdays, tomorrow. Can't wait:-)

Vern said...

Our local farmers market is on Saturday mornings, too!

I hope you enjoy it, Stephanie, and thanks for simultaneously helping the earth, your local farmers and local economy!

Don said...

The nearby city I used to live and work in quit having the farmers' market years ago due to lack of interest. I'd hope that it was because people were going right to the farms to buy from their roadside stands, but I fear it was because a large superstore opened in town.

However, the stores ,Meijer Inc., are based in Michigan and advertise that they buy produce from local farmers whenever possible. It's hard to know what to believe anymore.

The roadside stand near me said their tomatoes were from Kentucky while the grocery store's tomatoes come from Canada. Kentucky is hundreds of miles away, but Canada is only 60 miles from here. Which is more local? Do I buy American or foreign because it's closer?

Vern said...

Don, some people do go directly to local farms, but I doubt if it is a very large number. Too often, convenience is the primary consideration. I hope your local superstore's claim to patronize local farmers is true.

When I wrote Wednesday's "Green Eating" post and talked about buying nationally vs internationally, the thought went through my head that it wouldn't always apply to folks living near an international border. Personally, If I lived near the Canadian border, I'd buy the Canadian product from 60 miles away before I bought the American product from 500 or 1,000 miles away.