Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Why Washington State Really is Mecca

I have mentioned before about the big "real food" paradox I find in the lay literature.  Does one "eat food, mostly plants" or does one limit the definition further (ala Kingsolver) by only eating local produce.  In some areas of the country (I am looking at you, Northwest!), it seams as though the two aren't really mutually exclusive.  However in other parts of the country, that would limit you to feasting exclusively on dandelion weeds (which would get old, no matter how "hip" they might be at the present.)

I came across this map at Epicurious which lists which vegetables are grown and are at their peak at any given month. 

Let's take a little looksie, shall we?

April

Lady Susan's State: Asparagus
Barbara Kingsolver's Farm (VA): Asparagus, Spinach
Washington State (aka Mecca): Asparagus, Cauliflower, Garlic, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Pears, Spinach
Maine (just for kicks): Apples, Arugula, Lettuce, Onions, Parsnips, Scallions, Radishes

Dude, right?  Obviously, I need to relocate.  The thing is, my state could grow more stuff.  It isn't like I live in the desert.  But the farmers in this state obviously are all about the bottom dollar with no patience for any of that highfalutin organic crap let alone variety.  (What are they actually growing?  Turns out it is a bunch of GMO crops (corn and soybeans) and Tobacco.  Completely useless!) Gah!

I think me and my hippie, socialist ideas need to just hightail it across the boarder into Canada and be done with it.  Either that or live right next to Canada since it appears that some of that corrupted, non-capitalistic way of thinking manages to seep across the boarder.  (Montana has Asparagus AND rhubarb!)

6 comments:

heidikins said...

Yeeeeah, my state's growing season doesn't properly start until June. So much for eating local. ;)

xox

Jaimee said...

Illinois doesn't do too bad! I guess that's one plus for moving there...

Jaimee said...

But Arizona and Texas both do better and I'd rather live there, too. Sigh...

Retail Worker #48721093 said...

Agreed. Washington is awesome. :D Though, I haven't found any local spinach yet...

kyriacarlisle said...

Here's what I can have: "The growing season is currently dormant here;
opt for items from storage, such as apples, pears, and root vegetables."

Good thing I still have a butternut squash from last October, isn't it?

yola said...

I highly recommend moving to Washington State. The people here are awesome as well ;)

Are you guys planning a veggie garden in your yard?

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