October is non-GMO awareness month. If you don’t know what that means, then the Non-GMO Project is a good place to start. Since moving from Dallas to Yosemite, my diet and awareness of my consumption has changed incredibly. And it still is evolving as I learn more and get more engrained in this lifestyle. The main factors in my diet evolution are: the limitations of my location, the influence of my friends, the culture of my community, the writings on Michael Pollen, as well as just plain personal preference. I went from eating practically anything (including meat, fast food, sodas, etc) to a mostly organic diet of whole foods (fruits, veggies, grains, no meat at all, little dairy, etc). I won’t bore you with the details. Just suffice to say that I get excited about all things organic and I don’t really like to call myself a vegan. Food – growing, preparing, eating, remembering – is one of the more beautiful experiences in life.
Living in a warmer clime this summer, I tried my hand a growing a few edible plants. My basil has done well – I regularly make pesto with its leaves. My mint, I think, has died – as my mint plants usually do (so much for the myth that it’s the un-killable plant). Both of my chili pepper plants produce more peppers than I know what do with. My tomato plant just started fruiting out this week. They’re all (well, except the dead mint) still producing blooms. As if they don’t know that it’s almost November. But the hummingbirds love it. Craig misses our hummingbird feeder (longish story on that one) but I think I prefer providing natural nectar than simple syrup even if it doesn’t draw quite the same bouquet of birds.