You know that Locavore is becoming mainstream as a term when even NPR uses it. Have a listen as Linda Wertheimer talks about her love of fresh tomatoes and how it has been affected by the current salmonella scare.
I think we will see more and more folks creating their own vegetable gardens wherever and however they can: on balconies, in pots,and under lights in an effort to control their food better. I know that it has been the long series of food scares that has driven me to avoid certain foods in the grocery stores for quite awhile now. As new foods are added to that list, it just confirms my desire to plant as much of my own vegetables as I can.
Interestingly enough, it also forces me to eat seasonally, a concept that I have been lax in following. Now? Now I'm waiting for my tomatoes to come in so that I can have fresh, very local tomatoes, whose entire life cycle I have controlled. They will taste just that much better, for the wait. Also? Guess who will be freezing a lot of tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and tomato purees in the fall?
And guess who else will probably be getting homegrown, canned tomato sauce for Christmas (Eric's special sauce!)? Yeah, you guys (Well, family members at any rate. Much as I love you Internet, I'm not growing that many tomatoes!).
What are you doing differently this year? Are you waiting on your own vegetable garden or the Farmer's Market or are you still shopping at the grocery store for everything?