Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Au natural

Kacey has been reading quite a few books about natural foods, among them Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. We like the idea of paying attention to what we put into our bodies. Sometimes it is more expensive, but we wonder to ourselves - what are the true costs of saturated fats, high sodium and processed foods on our medical bills, stewardship of the land and animals, as well as our overall sense of well-being?

Here, it has been quite easy to live an "organic" life. Everything basically grows in our backyard, and we can buy it at the village market. Granted there are costs to this approach - Kacey is often gently heckled with Townes in his backpack (or if he is riding in his stroller, everyone assumes he must be handicapped!) and the variety is not as broad as we could get elsewhere. On the flipside, the vegetables - primarily consisting of okra, corn, tomatoes, onions, coco yam leaf (similar to spinach) - and the fruits - pineapple, bananas, papaya, and oranges - are all very local and taste fantastic!


Coby said...

check out www.greenling.org. They are a company that coordinates produce, baking supplies, meat, and dairy from local farmers and mom & pop shops. Thus, we get to shop from a bunch of CSA's to pick the produce and dairy items that we need. Also check out http://www.localharvest.org/ to find CSA's in the American city where you guys will eventually move.

Miss you.

Anonymous said...

Hey guys. Love following & keeping up. If my 6th graders were going to do a fundraiser, would the preschool or hospital be a good focus for them? If so, what's a reasonable goal we could shoot for?? Miss & love you all.

Susannah & Jon

Happy Birthday KC!!

Anonymous said...

What is gentle heckling consists of in Ghana?

Anonymous said...

Wait --that was supposed to say What does gentle heckling mean?

Anonymous said...

Wait, weren't you a Republican? Where is this limp-wristed commie talk coming from?