Dispatches from the Past: Oh the gap – between spring and edible fresh foods! No wonder we’ll fry dandelions….‏

(Editor’s Note:

This originally went out April 3, 2014.


This is it, folks.  The eight week home stretch.  Don’t worry. The wild treats come soon (I hear ramps are up in Ohio)…

We managed to find a couple limited rounds of root veggies for those for whom a beet or two would make all the difference!

Found grocery list.

Found grocery list.

Good Morning!

I love grocery lists. I’m not particularly good at making them, or following them, or meal planning for that matter.

But I love the lists. And yesterday my six year old made his first handwritten grocery list. Two of them, in fact.

List One:
Apples, Oats, Carrots, Chicken, Hambergers (his spelling), Cheese, Milk, are all on the ‘Warehouse’ list. That is, mom is supposed to remember to bring them home from work (hence the list).

List Two:
Tuna fish, juice, dog food, butter, bananas. Those are from the grocery store.

Now, all terroirology aside in terms of the ethics of banana consumption and the merits or lack thereof of tuna fish (we buy the line-caught, folks, take it easy)…I found it rather remarkable that in the mind of my six year old the world so naturally divides once again into ‘store boughten’ goods and those bought or produced by local businesses.

I’m not saying our family isn’t slightly out of the ‘norm’, because we certainly are. What I’m suggesting is shifting food supply from the ‘one’ back into the ‘many’ is, in a nutshell, as simple a six year old writing two grocery lists.

I’m sure most of you already know this, and certainly I’m cliche in posting my maternal astonishment at the wonder of the next generation (my own next generation in particular) but here’s a secret which I know readers of FOUND magazine will relate to.

When I see a grocery list in a cart or dropped in the parking lot, I snatch them up. There’s rarely anything as succulent as the contents of FOUND, but for someone who spends 40 plus hours a week thinking about the food supply, there is some deep covetous appeal to a discarded grocery list. As though the composer of the list has no clue that ill-attended contents of their pockets are the architecture of the livelihoods of thousands. Would you take the blueprints for the pyramids and leave them in the course of chariots? I think not.

Man’s great achievements are many, and the pyramids will certainly endure beyond the industrial food system. Somewhere along the line a really smart little hieroglypher started stacking blocks and I’m sure his mom thought he was a gift from the gods too.

(Tell me you don’t wonder what her food supply list looked like? I’m not sure if ‘grocery’ translates.)

Whatever your perspective on all this, make up your Crown O’Maine list and send it on in!


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