Homegrown Vegetables Vs. Store Bought
In the last four or five months we've been lucky enough to eat homegrown veggies from our urban vegetable garden. It's my husband who has the green thumb, but I reap the benefits, ha. Up until recently, and this is really sad to say, but I don't think I had ever eaten veggies that had literally been picked less than an hour prior.
I've been a huge proponent of organic (although, these days it seems the term doesn't hold the weight it used to) and in the last couple of years, buying local. I always buy our produce at our local health food store, Jimbo's (I LOVE them), which carries a lot of locally produced organic veggies that would be found at our local farmers markets. So, I really try to make an effort to buy local, especially greens. Still, I don't entirely know about the veggies journey to the store other than it was grown organically...but how long has it been sitting around before it got to the store, what has it touched, etc...I will say that the produce always looks fresh when I buy it and it keeps for a good number of days. And I trust Jimbo's, honestly I don't know what I'd do without them.
That being said, we decided to grow lettuce at home in little planter boxes. By the way, we don't live in a house with a yard. We rent a apartment with a small patio, but we've made it almost this mini farm. Pretty cool. Needless to say, because I get excited about these kind of things, I was stoked to have fresh lettuce I could just pick and eat.
Here was the exciting part for me...organic homegrown lettuce tastes completely different than store bought. And I had no idea how different! First of all, it's texture is soft like silk, not stiff (sad to say that in my 30s was the first time I experienced this). It tastes unbelievably fresh. Call me ignorant, but I never grew up on a farm and never had a vegetable garden until now, so I had no idea fresh could taste so...fresh.
Why You Should Grow Your Own Veggies
Which got me to thinking about store bought veggies. Obviously, if you can grow your own, you should. Second, if you have to buy store bought, buy organic and local if you can. Do not, I repeat, do not buy the crap that's been pre-washed even if it claims to be organic. I've heard they wash it with chlorine. I've heard this multiple times, I don't know if it's true, but after tasting our homegrown lettuce, I've noticed there is weird chemical after taste on the pre-washed stuff. So just don't...come on, it's easy to wash your own veggies.
So now we grow lettuce and kale. I still buy organic and local dino kale (my fave) and cabbage (because we don't have the room to grow it). But I definitely try to take advantage of our homegrown stuff first and my husband is expanding the garden. It's pretty cool how fast it grows too. Highly recommend it.