A Homegrown Meal: Life Never Tasted So Sweet

| 5/13/2010 9:01:45 AM

Tags: Food, Gardening, Local food,

Lettuce from our gardenTonight we had a wonderful homegrown meal. Steak sourced to my sister's farm in Honey Creek, Iowa. Potatoes grown right here in Georgia. And a large, beautiful, salad harvested right here at Odom's Idle Acres. As I stared at my bowl (roughly 10 seconds before I dug in) I remembered (in paraphrase, of course) a quote by Hayakawa, U.S. Senator and prolific member of the Bohemian Club.

Ever since man began to till the soil and learned not to eat the seed grain but to plant it and wait for the harvest, the postponement of gratification has been the basis of a higher standard of living and civilization.
--S. I. Hayakawa

Here's to a higher standard for us all!

nebraska dave
5/13/2010 6:36:46 PM

Drew, if you ever get up this way to visit your sister let me know. I would sure like to meet up with you and have a good talk.

5/13/2010 5:07:26 PM

@Mountain Woman - You are welcome over anytime. Just bring your own dressing! hahahaha @Nebraska Dave - How cool that you are so close to Honey Creek. I guess you know my sister and brother-in-law have a substantial size farm there. I have only been once but I do envy their setup.

nebraska dave
5/13/2010 4:53:33 PM

Honey Creek Iowa is not more then 25 miles from where my urban ranch is. It’s in the heart of the Iowa bluffs that run along the Missouri river. It’s beautiful country. I tried many times to justify paying the high price for property there but just couldn’t get it to balance with my income budget. I envy your sister for being able to live in such a prime area. And of course there’s the Iowa beef. It doesn’t get any better than that. It tastes good no matter what you do with it. You can grind it into hamburger, grill the steaks on the barbie, roast it in a crockpot, or barbeque them ribs in the smoker (yes I know it’s grammatically wrong) and it will always come out delicious. You haven’t lived until you’ve had an Iowa pork chop. It’s about an inch thick and oh so lean. It’s the other white meat don’t you know and it doesn’t taste like chicken. Bake up some ‘taters, grill roast corn on the cob, and you got a Midwest meal delight par excellence. I’m really gettin’ hungry so I’ll be seein’ ya later right after I get some good vitals.

mountain woman
5/13/2010 3:52:13 PM

Now you've made me hungry. Good thing it's almost dinner time. Steak from Iowa? How lucky are you. And your salad sounds wonderful. BTW, I never knew you called your farm "Odom's Idle Acres." Wish I had thought of that. How very clever. Enjoyed sharing your meal with you.

5/13/2010 2:55:25 PM

@Shannon - You are more than welcome. Yeah, a good meal that is sourced and one that you put effort into is always more delicious and more satisfying than any other. Thanks for reading!

s.m.r. saia
5/13/2010 2:51:36 PM

Your meal sounds wonderful. I remember one particular meal we had here last summer that stirred similar thoughts. That meal was more satisfying and fulfilling than usual; it fed more than the body for sure, and was a glimpse at what eating can be. Thanks for the quote, and for the reminder that patience is worth it. :0)

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