I have a confession. This will not be news to my friends or Ash but I will still confess it: I am a picky eater. VERY picky. I don’t eat anything with mayo or red sauce. I won’t eat lettuce or anything a pepper has come in contact with. If it has basil and cilantro in it I won’t go near it and if I think it is a day past the expiration date or it’s been around for what I consider “too long”, I will gag if Ash suggests that we consume it, and don’t even get me started on Jello.. once it’s in its creepy wiggly form, No Way!
Now, I know your wondering what this has to do with Preservation so stay with me, food blogging is very big right now and with all this attention to food also comes a lot of attention to being a localvore (for those who don’t know being a localvore is eating food that is grown locally and is thus in season, fresh, whole and healthy (until you fry that local cheese into mozzarella sticks) now being a localvore isn’t a new thing, in fact. Unless you were born less than 20 years ago it was something that your parents may have grown up with, and the only way of life that your grandparents knew until they were nearly middle-aged! It is something we as good Preservationists should go back to and I’ll tell you why. 1.) Being a localvore means that you are eating healthier, non-processed foods that are better for you, and better for our planet. Who doesn’t think that’s a good idea? 2.) Being a localvore adds to your local economy, which in turn provides more money to your towns and counties which then in turn leads to a trickle down that will eventually lead to more money to fund local Preservation projects and 3.) Being a localvore will create business demand for local shops and markets to sell local goods and those businesses will need locations (which create jobs as a bonus). The demand for local foods and products will lead businesses to seek out a central location and thus this will cause a vacant space in an historic downtown to be filled with a business, thereby revitalizing your downtown!
See how easy it is to drive Preservation just by eating? Now, I know that these are very broad generalizations, but come on, it’s common sense and there are tons of studies out there that show how shopping locally helps local economies. Though… I don’t know of any that directly link it to Preservation, but if you do know of some research or a study, then please let me know!
And on that note, I will leave you will a yummy little recipe link to Tasty Kitchen for some great Strawberry Cake with Chocolate Frosting because we’re just coming into Strawberry season here and Chocolate and Strawberries go together like Olmstead and Vaux.
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