Most of us celebrate the shelves of our supermarkets and farmers’ markets bursting with wholesome, produce and dry goods. Even so, the last few years have shown a 20% increase in home gardening across the United States. Where climate permits, more do-it-yourselfers are choosing to pick it fresh from the backyard.
It doesn’t take a lot of land to yield a decent crop. Last year, I called in tree trimmers Fayetteville NC to clear a small 6 x 10 foot area that led to a bumper crop of zucchini, green beans, kale, tomatoes, Bibb lettuce, carrots, broccoli, 4 stalks of corn and a variety of herbs. If you include my wild strawberries growing along the fence line, then I’d count myself among the fortunate.
Organic food is taking center stage. One of the largest food market chains in the world, Kroger claims that their fastest growing segment is organics. Telling statistics from the OTA, Organic Market Analysis, is showing double-digit sales growth from just last year. The message is reaching more people than ever before and has made organics the fastest growing sector within the food industry. The clear message more consumers are sending is; we don’t want chemical ridden, genetically modified, fake food.
Only a few short years ago, we were hard pressed to find organic produce without growing our own or joining a local Co-op. Notably, the Co-op supplied food may have been organic, but it was often sad looking from having spent more than its allotted time in the trunk of the well-intended neighbor. Folks armed with their own bags and baskets would sometimes hook up with a party bus rental to drive them to rural organic growers so they could pick their own vegetables.
There are thousands of personal care products available to consumers. Shelf after shelf is lined from the bottom up with concoctions of everything imaginable to choose from. From hair care to foot care, the inventory is nearly unending with choices from all over the world.
Are you making healthy choices when it comes to what you put on your body? Are you aware of diet and exercise and then smear chemicals on your skin that can silently wreak havoc with your best healthcare intentions?
It would take 24 hr towing Bakersfield CA days to haul away the number of unhealthy products offered to consumers in the stores just within a couple of miles of Tala Studio. So, I presume that it is the same no matter where you go in most developed countries.
It’s natural to think about time travel. If you’ve seen Back to the Future – and who hasn’t, maybe you’ve entertained the thought of taking a trip down memory lane or daring a peak into the future? While Tala Studio specializes in the natural world we also like to veer off into imaginary worlds on occasion. Inspired by the Holidays this week’s blog is about the fantastical.
It also seems natural to be curious about where you might be in 10 years. Will wedding catering services top your to-do list in the not-so-distant future? Will you go on to raise a family? Or are you going to be single, married to a career or a world vagabond? It’s fun to speculate, and some of us want to take a chance and leap into the unknown.