Greg Roach's Berkshires Blog
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
This is what I am most afraid of when it comes to the local food movement:
Even couples planning a wedding at the Plaza Hotel in New York City can jump on the local food train. For as little as $72 a person, they can offer guests a “100-mile menu” of food from the caterer’s farm and neighboring fields in upstate New York.

“The highest form of luxury is now growing it yourself or paying other people to grow it for you,” said Corby Kummer, the food columnist and book author. “This has become fashion.”
Fashions come and fashions go. Less globalization of our food supply is a great thing with many obvious, and even more not-so-evident, benefits. but framing this notion in terms of fashion opens it to charges of elitism. And that is incredibly damaging to something that makes incredible sense for society and, in particular, our little corner of rural New England.

Of course the wealthy can afford to treat food as luxury. They always have. Seared Fios Gras is "fashion." A tomato from Pownal or a zucchini from my garden is not and should not be cast as luxurious. The working classes have always had to struggle a bit to put food on the table. This has been true throughout history.

I disagree. I've prepared and eaten both, and in my opinion a tomato grown from my own garden is much more of a "luxury" than a pate made from agri-farm livers. To me, luxury is like beauty, no one can tell you what it is, you have to decide that for yourself.

Further I think this highlights one of the downsides to living in a city, you always have to pay someone to do the things you should be able to do for yourself.
Growing your own stuff is work but it is fun work. I fail to see how anything home grown or locally grown or supermarket grown can be considered a luxury? A luxury food is something you have shipped in overnight from East Batswana to impress sombody! OR...Unless you have been fired because of the Bush's failed that point bread becomes a luxury and with that said we are all living in the lap of luxury as I speak!
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