I’m too young to remember when all the tomatoes tasted like the heirloom ones that nowadays you can only find in farmers markets. Too young to remember the eggs that had ruby orange yolks but were free of free-range labels. I have heard people reminiscing over flavor profiles of the past, and my taste buds lament not having been alive to taste that time period.
Experiencing China through Food
In China I bought eggs with ruby-orange yolks from one of the many grandmas that had come down from the village to sell her farm-fresh products in a city street market. In Chinese, these eggs are called Tu Jidan, or Earth Chicken eggs, and after visiting some of the villages they came from I can attest that they indeed live off the Earth. They forage for insects, wild herbs, and only return to their man-made shelters to sleep and lay eggs.
Journey to South America in search of food and adventure
Upon my return to the US, I worried that these glimpses of truly local, affordable food were only in China and Southeast Asia. Now, as I have embarked on my journey through South America, I realize that there are strongholds of local economies that sell real food ‘by the people for the people’ all over the world. Of course, no place is immune to the challenges that a globalized food system is bringing, and my travels have shown me this as well.
This is good news, because real food seems to be a pretty key player in supporting sustainable livelihoods. Local food systems generally work with Nature, rather than against Her. Industrial agriculture and globalized food markets, on the other hand, have not been so friendly to the environment.
As a Shameless Foodie on A Mission it is my goal to track down food that is still fresh, local, and most importantly, delicious.