Anyways, this food thing is becoming more and more important, it seems. Anyone out there had time to read The Omnivore's Dilemma (Michael Pollan) or Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle? Do so if you're able. They're fascinating reads, if occasionally hyperbolic. Perhaps I like the two authors' takes because they agree with me and my food values, but I find it difficult to imagine that the creation of a healthy local food economy could ultimately be bad for anyone. It's certainly working well here in Rochester, where our family farms are managing to stay alive, and even the poorest folks can get fresh veggies so long as they can find a bus route that'll get them to the public market.
Oddly, at any rate, despite the PhD in medieval lit, the food stuff is really what I do, it seems. I talk about it, I read about it, I grow it, I preserve it, I help to butcher it. (Major accomplishment last Thanksgiving: aiding in the "harvesting" of our turkey. Rather profound event; both more and less disturbing than I'd imagined.) This summer, having gotten down freezing, jamming, canning, and fermenting, our goal is to learn to make cheese at home. It should be fun, and I think I'm going to post about it. So keep an eye out, if you're interested in food politics . . . it looks like this is going to turn into the Journal of the Urban Homesteader.