Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Our Organic Farm Begins

One of the advantages that I enjoy living in the Philippines is that the majority of our food comes from a local market. This isn't a market like most in the US or Even Europe would think of. It would equate best to the markets like we see in movies of Old England or Flee markets in the US.
They are loud, claustrophobic, and a pure joy to shop at. Meat is cut by hand in front of you. Fish are still swimming and breathing when you buy them and vegetables and fruits are fresh picked, seven days a week.
Best of all you can meet and get to know the people that are growing your food. If you have questions, they answer them and most will invite you to their farms for visits.

Organic Food Joy

Being a people person and knowing a visit here usually involves a drinking session. I have gotten very friendly with several of the farmers we buy from. They are not only wonderful people to get to know but they are organic farmers and don't even realize it.
Big corporate farms here are limited to a few export important crops and the majority of food is still grown on small family run farms. The farmers grow a mix of crops and animals, not only for their livelihood but their own sustenance.
They have little concept of what we would call heritage breeds or organic farming methods. What they do have is generations of farming tradition. They save their own seeds breed their own stock and use one to feed the other. That is where this story gets interesting.

Good Advice

I was talking with one of my friends. Her family grows the most delicious tomatoes you have ever tasted. I asked her where I could get some seeds and she just handed me a tomato and told me, with a smile, the seeds were inside. When I asked for advice about growing them she told me "for good tomatoes, raise chickens".

That was the beginning for our little microfarm. Next time I'll tell where we went from there.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Recreating "Eating Modern"

The first thing I would like to do is apologize to the readers of this blog. It has been way to long since I posted here. My time away was spent writing two books (Write and Get Paid! And You Can Write) which are available on Amazon, just follow the links. This was something I had wanted to do for some time and those, with my outside writing, pretty well consumed me for the last couple of months.

Food disenchantment

To be honest I had also become disenchanted with the way this blog had seemed to be headed. It was totally my fault. I created this blog as a food blog but came to realize that just another food blog wasn't what I had wanted.
I love food and that love was the root of my dissatisfaction. I don't just love cooking and recipes and trying new things but I have a deeper love that makes me care for more than just cooking and eating.

New Focus

I care about how our food is grown. I care about what is put in the food we eat and I care about how that food affects us. That is why I am recreating this blog and rededicating myself to writing for it.
"Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food."- Hippocrates
My plan, at this point in time, is cover much more in the area of healthy food, organic food, organic gardening, GMO, and general food issues.
I will also be focusing more in a personal bane as I have now started my own micro farm and to be honest, I have a feeling this is going to be an amusing journey for me and my family.
I hope you my readers enjoy this new focus as I feel it is a much more important mission than just giving out new recipes for you to try. The recipes will still be here but will no longer be the focus of this blog.
Let me know what you think.