Real: A Difference You Can Taste and See

I never disliked carrots. Except when they were cooked. As a kid, I thought cooked carrots were gross. As an adult, they were just... sort of okay. A little mushy, a little watery, just a big plate full of... "meh." If they were uncooked, they were still okay. Not amazing, not my favorite "good food," but not bad. Then I had carrots from my Grandparents garden. They just tasted so... different. Full of flavor. Interesting, nuanced. They had a snap when you bit them, and the taste of bright orange followed immediately. I realized that I hadn't really been eating carrots, I'd been duped. Sure, those orange root vegetables we bought at the store were still carrots, but only technically. These were the genuine article. This happened again recently as we began harvesting carrots from our own garden. We had both store-bought and home-grown carrots side by side, and my wife had me do a blind taste-test. There was no comparison. Crisp, flavorful, refreshing, zesty, delicious, raw and real. I'm not switching to an all-carrot diet, but, man, those carrots are good. We didn't do anything fancy, just had naturally-delicious food that came straight from the ground. The carrots didn't have a fancy label, they didn't get shipped on a truck, they didn't look like the shiniest, most impressive veggie that humanity has ever seen... they were just... real. 

The "normal" that many of us are accustomed to isn't real. Or at least, it lacks the robustness, the character of the real deal.

Our food comes shipped across the country and across the world in plastic, picked pre-ripe for anyone, anywhere to enjoy.

We are capable of living our relationships behind screens, with virtual and physical barriers separating us from others.

This sounds dramatic, and though it's true, there's good news. Maybe all it takes to change our habits and choices in our lives is to taste and see something better. Something raw. Something real. 

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