Here, the price can be the rub. It's cheaper to buy the absolutely gorgeous yet often tasteless produce available at national supermarket chains, but then we've lost sight about why we buy this stuff in the first place.
It's not just to fill our bellies but rather to fill our bellies well and healthily and to continue to support local farmers, heirloom produce and a culture that appreciates quality over availability. A bit preachy perhaps, but if we don't support the system of small farms, we will be left with no choice but the sometimes scary produce pawned off on an unsuspecting consumer base. Too expensive? Drop the steak or chicken once a week and you'll barely notice, though your body might thank you.
This could seem to be some sort of quasi-political screed, and while I would be happy to entertain that discussion some day, my motivation here is actually selfish and hedonistic. I love fresh fruit and veggies and there are none better than those that you grow yourself. I just don't have the time for that, so I rely on the small, artisanal farmer to give me my fix.
The whole point of this article is to highlight delicious fresh vegetable preparations and to pair them with some groovy summer wines, so get out there, plan a veggie meal, pop a cork, kick back and enjoy what makes summer special!
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