Food costs rose another 3% in 2014. If you’ve made a recent trip to the grocery store, you are fully aware that food costs are skyrocketing. But here’s the good news. You honestly don’t have to be a slave to these rising food costs.
Imagine instead of going to the grocery store and paying out of this world prices for food in which you have no clue where it came from, you instead walk out to your backyard and grab fresh, homegrown fruits and vegetables whenever you need them.
Think about it. The vegetables you buy in the store are most likely genetically-modified and pumped full of chemicals so that they can last their 1500-2500 mile trip to your table. As a consumer, you have no idea who grew the tomato you sliced up for your family, what it was sprayed with, or how long it has been sitting on shelves, etc.
Growing up, my dad always told us, “If it doesn’t rot, don’t eat it.” Meaning, food that can sit and sit and sit and sit, on your shelves for crazy amounts of time and never rot, should be avoided. This includes chemical-pumped fruits and vegetables as well as all the boxed processed food that we Americans love. (Think about how long a pop tart can last in your cupboard!) Believe me, homegrown, garden-fresh fruits and vegetables are worth the time and effort!
Do you want nutritious food at your fingertips, without the high cost? Seems like a foolish question right? Who doesn’t want that? But how many of us actually act upon it? Seems like a novel idea, something we would love to have but… our list of excuses are never-ending!
But here’s the thing. You don’t have to have an acre of land to provide food for your family. You don’t have to plant every single vegetable. Just ask yourself what 3-4 vegetables do you and your kids love the most? What do you know you will eat? If your family loves green beans, plant green beans. Let’s face it, there’s no point of growing 10 varieties of tomatoes if you only like 2 of them!
If you like fresh produce, if you want to be in control of your own food, if you want nutrient-dense food for your family, and if you want to save hundreds of dollars on groceries, then there’s no better time to start a garden than now.