Monday, September 6, 2010

Things You'll Never See at the Grocery Store!




Our current industrial food system only allows perfect looking food to be for sale in the grocery stores. The growing interest in organic food has started to change perceptions somewhat; early on in the 'movement' growers brought vegetables and food as is - blemishes, bug bits, etc. However, as the organic movement has grown, even those growers are striving harder for blemish-free, flawless looking vegetables and fruit. But, that certainly isn't how Mother Nature always presents it! This year we've gotten some interesting specimens. Due to heavy rains regularly, cucumbers and zucchini have 'blown up' and look more like little bowling pins. And Siamese twins are everywhere in the summer squash: twinned crookneck squash and twinned patty pans. And how about the little 'people' carrots! You never see those in the grocery store! (Face courtesy of Travis)

7 comments:

  1. Great photos! Brought on a bit of nostalgia. As kids we were always excited when we'd find one of the 'little people' carrots in our mother's garden!
    Edna

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  2. Haha, those vegetables are so cute!

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  3. Mother Nature certainly has a sense of humour when it comes to funny vegetables!

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  4. Fun post, sis!

    Kelt

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  5. I love Nature's garden gaffs! That carrot with the crossed legs is simply priceless.

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  6. There's more funky carrots - I wonder if I can build a market for them.......

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  7. That carrot is awesome. Maybe you could use these as a Halloween display of odd vegetables or a 'what do you see' kind of game for kids (like you'd do with clouds).

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