Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Listeria Recall

Just heard a warning issued that the California-based Wawona Packing Company has discovered Listeria bacteria in some of its peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots. The fruit was distributed across the gamut of supermarkets, including Sam's Club, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods.

One more reason to appreciate having a food life that's significantly off-the-grid, so to speak. We have no Listeria here. It gives me a very real sense of personal empowerment, well-being, and independence to see stuff like this on the news and know it doesn't effect us in any way. Of course my heart goes out to all those injured or otherwise affected by something like this, but one of the reasons I keep this blog is in case anyone ever reads these words and thinks, "well I could plant a fruit tree or two." (or grow a lettuce, cauliflower, or tomato plant or two, etc.)

It's not just the well-being that comes from a diet grown within feet of where it's going to be consumed; it's the freedom from worry that comes from never having to take a bite of fruit, or a vegetable, and worry that it might make you sick, something which is becoming more and more commonplace in the commercial world as larger and larger shipments of food are crammed together, or processed together, and shipped thousands of miles away from where they were grown.

Sure, plenty of blog posts here are about the work it takes to make food, but it's also about the freedom that comes from doing the work. Which is worth it in every way.


  1. I thought of you first this morning when I heard that on the radio! Yuck. You're so right.
    I only but peaches from one orchard. Their crop was a total loss this year, following a brutal winter and early spring damage. I missed them; but I'll be more appreciative when they are back! The strawberries were unusually prolific and wonderful this year, at least it seems so to me.

    1. I think it's that way many times; one crop faces disaster yet another in the next field over thrives from the same weather. I think as long as there's something fresh to eat, you're in good shape. But I hadn't canned peaches for a couple of years, and really missed them, so I know how it feels. It felt SO good to see those cans all lined up on the counter and have a peach cobbler in the oven!