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Now this is how I celebrate...!! with real food from real gardens grown right down the road from me...

I grew up with a garden out back that had sweet peas planted on St. Patrick's Day... and a basement stocked full of home canned tomatoes and relish plus a freezer filled with okra, squash and green beans... Grandmom even had a root cellar where she kept the cabbage and potatoes all winter long...

I am not as independent as author/farmer Barbara Kingsolver, who wrote Animal, vegetable, miracle : a year of food life, but I always have dreamed of going back to the farm... I do so wish I had a little garden and even a pond...!!

But for now, I will harvest my bounty at the local farmers' market and cook up all those good vegetables for a grand country supper... USA style... :)

Happy 4th of July, America...!!

The best food is what's grown closest to you... eat seasonally... support sustainably grown food in your area.

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update June 30, 2009:
Used on Farm Aid homepage promoting the idea of getting farm fresh food in our school cafeterias.

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Produce is a generalized term for a group of farm-produced crops and goods, including (but not limited to) fruits and vegetables (i.e. meats, grains, oats, etc. are sometimes considered as produce.). More specifically, the term "produce" often implies that the products are fresh and generally in the same state as where they were harvested. In supermarkets the term is also used to refer to the section where fruit and vegetables are kept. Produce is the main product sold by greengrocers, farmers' markets, and fruit markets. The term "produce" is commonly used in the U.S. but is not typically used outside the agricultural sector in other English-speaking countries.

In some parts of the world, including the United States, produce is marked with small stickers bearing price look-up codes. These four or five digit codes are a standardized system intended to aid checkout and inventory control in produce markets.

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