Hello, and welcome to the Brand New Full Circle Farms Blog Spot. The idea of blogging about our farm, animals, philosophy, button topics etc is totally new to us here at FCF. Blogging is about as far out of my wheelhouse as you can get, but our customers will attest to the fact that I like to talk :) so hopefully we'll learn this blogging thing together, and quickly.
The first topic I wanted to tackle is blemishes. As a society of purchasers we have been trained to select only the 'perfect' items when we hit the meat and produce aisles in our local supermarkets. I mean really, if you wanted a hole in your apple you would have picked it yourself, right? But I wanted to take a minute to talk about blemishes and the wonderful things that they can represent.
First, let's discuss what I mean by a blemish. This could be a worm hole in a head of cabbage, a blue-green bruise on a chicken wing, or just scabs on the skin of the apple your thinking about eating. Blemishes represent the 'natural' order of things, how our animals and gardens grow when we allow them to do their thing without all of the herbicides, pesticides, growth hormones, restricted indoor living conditions (that's a whole different post), etc.
If you garden and/or buy your food items from local farmers, you have seen what I mean by a blemish. Does it affect the flavor? Well the easy answer is no, however the long answer is that our sight, smell, and expectations also affect our palate. Ever notice that your mouth waters with the aroma of enticingly prepared turkey at the Thanksgiving table, LONG before you get a chance to sink your taste buds into that delectable dark meat? (Yup, I'm a leg and thigh man). How about Grandma's liver and onion pate (a blemish on our thanksgiving table if I ever ate one). The fact is that a blemish can literally ruin your appetite, why is that? Because our expectations cloud our olfactory and salivatory senses. Through our supermarket desensitization we 'see' this blemished food as unappetizing, but I would like to offer a different perspective.
I read an article a year or two ago that mentioned that in Japan, the purchasers at the local food markets would actually pay higher rates for food with blemishes. Yup, scabbed apples brought higher prices than that shiny ruby red apple. The reason? Customers believed that if insects were eating them, they had to have less pesticide/herbicide residue than the pristine version sitting right beside it. Blemishes became a visual buyers guide to what the customers believed were healthier versions of the food they wanted to buy. I admit that I have been somewhat spoiled. We grew up in the lower middle class, pinched pennies, ate hamburger soup WAYYYY before Campbell's decided to add it to their portfolio, bought our bread from the 'day-old' bread store and lived on 'seconds' from the local orchards. So blemishes never really meant anything to me. If fact, what I noticed from the supermarket fruit selection was that I had wax on my teeth when I finished eating a Granny Smith. However, if you shake our family trees, more than a few farmers fall off the limbs, so I may be a little prejudiced.
Do yourself a favor, when you see that bruise on the Turkey wing or a worm hole in your cabbage head, tell the Lord thank you for putting you in touch with your local farmers. And remember, if you know your farmers first name, chances are you have TRUE food security.
I hope this wasn't too long winded. We look forward to your comments and will offer a toast to your renewed health with our blemished apples and broken chicken wings.
Always remember that your body is a temple, we should treat it as such.
1 Cor 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
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