Bear Bibeault wrote:Buying local produce gives one a good sense as to why super-market produce, that has been developed to survive a long time under rough conditions, is so crappy.
Modern commercial tomatoes are bred to be easy to pick by machines, not to have any taste. So most don't have *any* taste.
When I was a kid, my dad had a fairly large garden where he grew tomatoes and sweet corn. Corn starts changing its taste in the first minutes after its picked. He would put on the pot of water to boil, got out and pick some ears, and shuck them as he walked back to the house. Into the boiling water and onto the dinner plates and on the table in well under five minutes. I have a real hard time eating corn on the cob any other way.
I understand completely. I was an avid gardener in my youth as well (in New England).
Unfortunately, the central Texas climate isn't conducive to backyard gardening except for the few things that thrive in the heat. I do grow my own chiles (for making hot red chile jam and green chile jelly), a handful of herbs (rosemary, basil, thyme, chives), and have a bunch of loquat trees (for fantastic jelly!).
I'd do Farmer's Markets more often, but they're a morning affair, and come week-ends, I'm not much of a morning person.