Food Rituals: There’s a farm down the road…
We all grow up holding on to certain childhood food memories and rituals. Many of these we replicate as we grow our family and hand down to our children. Barbara Kingsolver, in Animal,Vegetable, Miracle savors the experience of picking apples during harvest season and the autumn weather that still “brings that crisp greenish taste to the roof of (her) mouth.” She ponders if her children will take away their ritual of homemade pizza on Fridays or other fond food memories (By the way, I really like this idea and may steal it for my kids someday. My husband and I all ready incorporate homemade grilled pizza into our meal repertoire every couple weeks!).
One of my favorite food rituals involves a local farm that thank goodness is still around today. Growing up, Didier Farms was home to our weekly trips to pick up the juiciest yellow and bi-color corn in the summer and yearly trips to pick the perfect pumpkin to carve. We would dive into those pumpkins in search for slimy seeds that would soon be salted and roasted and happily consumed. My parents’ still pick-up fresh produce from Didier and my husband has entered the tradition of picking the perfect pumpkin from their patch. I can only hope that we can continue a ritual of trips to a local farm to have our children taste the difference of local grown produce.
While I do cherish my food memories, in typical fashion, I like to do some things my own way. While I don’t have kids of my own yet, I have already started developing some food memories I’d like to create for them (I know, I know I can’t have total control of their life but let me just dream I can regulate their food…for now). Some of my ideas include homemade mac and cheese, pizza on the grill every Friday and weekly trips to the farmers market.
What are some ways you celebrate your childhood food rituals and how have you, or will you, create your own?