The name I’ve chosen for this blog comes from a concept used by author Michael Pollan (In Defence of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilema etc), and no doubt by many other people, heard on a podcast http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/11282008/watch.html. Pollan advocates ‘voting with our forks’, demonstrating what type of food we want to eat by choosing for ourselves, buying local, buying organic, buying from farmers market, growing your own or all or any of the above. This, of course, in the face of the industrialisation of our food production to the detriment of our health and well being. Pollan also commented in the same podcast that we should “shop strategically and be prepared to cook …!”Of course this is where we come in. We’ve always gardened and cooked (and the Beloved can really cook), but several years ago we started to take this rather more seriously. Pollan we’d been reading since his fist books came out, A Place of My Own and Second Nature. Then I got into Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver et al; Living the Good Life: How one family changed their world from their own backyard by Linda Cockburn – for an Australian perspective; and the 100 Mile Diet by Alisa Smith and JB MacKinnon. (For Canberra locals the first two can be found in the public library but they don’t seem to have a copy of the third – but I’ll suggest they get it.) I found the ideas to be very exciting then and still do and all are entertaining reads to boot. Having read what they had to say it was a bit of a no-brainer to get a lot more serious about producing our own food. We are not trying for complete self sufficiency but what we have done is provide a fair slab of our vegetables – converted into a major portion of our main meals each week. While we still shop at the supermarket for things we don’t produce and other household items and we shop at the farmers market we now find that we have made a significant change in our buying patterns and eating habits. But that’s a tale for another post.