I came across a NY Times article about big companies like Frito-Lay jumping on the local food bandwagon. Claims that their chips are local (to some places) because the potatoes were grown there, for example, there is a processing plant in Florida, and a farmer that provides potatoes to the company also in Florida. This makes Frito-lay potato chips "local food" for Floridians…hmmm. I guess the following quote from the article shows how grossly some folks are missing the point:
“You know the locavore phenomenon is having an impact when the
corporations begin co-opting it,” Ms. Prentice said. “Everyone should
know where things are processed. The ‘where’ question is really
Hmmm…food being processed is really the problem. Food should be grown, farmed, picked, slaughtered, harvested, cleaned, raised, cooked, canned, frozen….but processed? Point….missed.
Some would say it's good that big companies are seeing that the local food movement is a to be taken seriously…I say, double edged sword. Now that they know what people want they have to manipulate the masses into thinking the company is offering what the consumer wants…when that fails, they will need to take down anyone that really is providing the consumer what they want…enter programs like NAIS.
Onto some crafting, which I haven't shared in a while. I did stitch up a skirt yesterday, and over the weekend I finished off a shirt. Today were a couple pairs of baby pants. The skirt was made with a great one piece pattern by Diane Ericson that I bought probably 10 years ago, never used, and pulled out the other day to give it a try. I used a lovely neutral creamy goldish color linen. The skirt is fun to wear and lays nicely. I'm seriously considering adding patch pockets on the front. I'm kind of lazy about details on garments and tend to go for the basic cut, stitch, go method, but pockets are so darned handy, I might make an exception to my lazy stitching style. The Shirt was made with that out of print pattern that I love so much. The little pants are just a Simplicity or something. Nothing noteworthy, but they are simple, cute and fit her well, even with her HUGE cloth diaper butt! I need to make something for MIni. She still fits into many of her clothes from last year, they are just shirts instead of dresses, and her Grammy's have been shopping for her, so she's not in the same dire straits as her sister and I, so she's been left out of the sewing, but I don't want her to feel left out.
Speaking of the whole pocket thing, I'm realizing the great practicality of aprons. I can't count how many times in the past few days I've thought, gee, if was wearing an apron I could use it to carry, hold, clean, wipe…whatever it was. I think I need to start wearing one. I know there are groups of gals who have gotten into them more as a fashion accessory and while I'm cool with that, and have done so myself on occasion, I'm really seeing the practicality of them. Especially for ladies who spend a good chunk of their day at home tending to duck, chickens, kids and cooking. Hmmm…maybe I'll have to dig out from my stash, or find, a good apron pattern.
Other Apron lovers:
Chicken Update: For anyone wondering, Babs laid her egg in the duck coop again. The duck laid her egg in the swampy part of the habitat. Babs did avoid another encounter with her less than hospitible neighbors, but after yesterday's altercation one would think she would have avoided them alltogether. The others continue to lay in the garage hay bale. Crazy birds. Husband pointed out it was better they lay there than in the woods…true.
Elizabeth on the left, pushy neighbor, Babs on the right