I remember, many years ago, we were at a family reunion at Fish Trap Dam, near Pikeville, KY. One of my distant cousins had a daughter that was an absolute doll baby. She had the heaviest southern drawl I have ever heard. We were talking to her, just to hear that drawl, and for some reason my uncle asked her: “Do you know where green beans come from?” and she replied, “DUH! Walmart.”

Kids nowadays might reply, “DUH, Amazon.” One of the things I miss most about living in Jackson was our vegetable gardens. My dad and I maintained those for about 20 years. It was incredibly fulfilling to walk into your own garden and harvest everything you needed for a wonderful meal.

I am old enough to remember when a lot of the great foods we now enjoy year around used to be seasonal. Sweet corn on the cob, strawberries, blueberries, fresh oranges and, yes, even fresh picked green beans used to be seasonal treats. Now, people just take their food for granted. I was admiring a ten-pound bag of Idaho potatoes at Walmart the other day and I watched as people just picked up the bags without any appreciation, throw those beautiful bags of potatoes in their carts, and move on. I realized that these people have probably never planted, hoed, and eventually dug potatoes that they have grown. If they had, it would be impossible not to appreciate the size and quality of those potatoes.

Margaret Holmes mixed greens are incredibly delicious. All their products seem to be a notch above all the others for overall quality and taste. The cans simply state “Product of USA.” Critics say this label often contains foreign products, but if the product is processed in the U.S.A., they can legally use “Product of USA.” Margaret Holmes greens seem to be located in California but trying to nail down exactly where their products are raised seems impossible. I have spent more time looking at canned vegetables and trying to figure out exactly where it is raised than I should, so eventually I conceded.

So, where does your food come from? Unless you raise it yourself or buy it from a farmer’s market, your guess is as good as mine. 


God bless you all, RHM