Because I work on developing small kitchen appliances, I spend a lot of my job thinking about cooking and about food. We monitor trends in the cooking space and decipher what it means for our own products. Recently with the impacts of Covid-19 and stay-at-home measures, cooking at home has increased significantly. I hope this is a trend that continues even after Covid-19 isn’t keeping people at home, but even more so, I hope that the trend also involves cooking real food that we have a connection to.
I am fortunate that I grew up eating fresh produce in the summer and fall picked right from my dad’s garden. My dad enjoys gardening (and is great at it) and I’m grateful that he has shared both the experience and the food with me. This has been a big factor in helping me value a connection with my food. The food not only tastes better, but it is a different, more grounding experience eating food grown in my own backyard.
Yet, there are lots of ways I can improve. Certainly it is hard in our current food system to feel a connection with our food. Even buying fresh produce from your local grocer sometimes means eating something from Chile or the Netherlands. However, there are small steps we can take like visiting our local farmers markets, purchasing eggs from local farms, growing our own herbs, and even being more cognizant about food waste.
The small step I recently took is to pay the extra money to buy those local eggs. I have to say I also am looking forward to when the full-blown Madison farmer’s market around the square eventually returns and I certainly won’t take it for granted again to have such a great option near our home.
What is something you can do to deepen your connection with your food?