Memorial Day – The BBQ & Lessons Learned

Red, White & Blue

 

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” -John F. Kennedy

 
 
The Farm to Table BBQ… Simplicity is not easily obtained in a Consumeristic Society

Because…

  • The Grocery Store proves its convenience when you are pressed for time
  • family members bring over the convenient food

Oh of course that is alright. LOL! We decided to make it a birthday celebration for my mom, too (her bday is next weekend).

This weekend farm to table is not easy to accomplish when you are surrounded with grocery stores and your farmer’s market is not closely located. I did not make it to the farmer’s market due to being pressed for time. But, I did hold to buying most of my foods in their natural, wholesome state.

Here is what we ended up having…

  • Ice Tea (big hit)
  • Veggie tray
  • 3 kinds of BBQ’d chicken: spicy, bbq & teriyaki
  • Baked beans
  • white rice (Filipino side)
  • Mom’s potato salad
  • Green Salad
  • Watermelon
  • Carrot cake

What happened to the Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp??? Can you believe 2 stores did not have Rhubarb?!?! It is in season. Hmmm…. I was dissapointed because I was really looking forward to it! I will be keeping an eye out for it!

I am realizing that Farm to Table is a lifestyle. Also, its a lifestyle that is not easy to obtain when you live in a Consumeristic society. It does not cater to Farm to Table living. Perhaps I started out with too big of a project. It is going to take small steps to start. Some of these steps like…

  • Begin buying pastured-based meat (pastured fed or organic fed meat)
  • Buying organic produce
  • Make an attempt to frequent the farmer’s market (one time a month and build it up)
  • Keep making Wholefood recipes
  • Start making a conscious effort to make my own wholesome ‘conveinent’ foods (granola bars, baked chips, dried fruit)
  • Learn how to can local produce (tomatoes and jam to start with)
  • Grow some more of my own herbs to spice food up

But, all done one step at a time. Maybe one project a month.

Anyone else a city dweller with success to becoming more organic and whole in nature? Would love to hear your tips!

The end result: The BBQ was great having friends and family over. And my mom had no idea we were celebrating her birthday. So, she was quite surprised. πŸ™‚ Hope you are having a great long weekend!

6 thoughts on “Memorial Day – The BBQ & Lessons Learned

  1. April

    Farm to Table IS a lifestyle. I like your simple steps. When you get to that point of the year, canning is easier than you may think. It is also amazing what you can freeze (without tons of processing first).

    Our local Farmers Market opened this Saturday past. And at one stand? Rhubarb! I made rhubarb bread (wonderful stuff) with some of it and froze the rest for later. YUM!

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  2. Sharon

    Your menu sounded great! Hopefully you’ll be able to make the strawberry – rhubarb sometime soon!

    Glad you had a great time!

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  3. 1MansMoney

    My wife has got into organic foods, and as a result, so have I because she does the shopping and cooking. Everything seems to taste richer and most of it’s not too much more expensive.

    -1MansMoney

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    @ April: Its one thing to read it and its another to live it. lol! You’re right, it IS a lifestyle. And it seems canning is pretty easy. I think that I will start Tomatoes and Jelly. Seems like the beginner’s choice.

    I hate wasting produce. And it tends to happen because I can’t use it all at once. So, I am starting to test things out in the freezer to see if it will hold and retain its flavor. Can’t wait to see what else I learn to freeze! πŸ™‚

    I’ve never heard of rhubarb bread. Sounds yummy though. The only rhubarb I’ve really tried is when I go to Knott’s Berry Farm for their famous chicken dinner (It’s delicious!).

    @ Sharon: I can’t wait to make it. It definitely still on my agenda. I will be sure to virtually share some with you. πŸ™‚

    @ 1MansMoney: I am glad to hear its not too much more expensive. That is a definite concern of mine. But, I do know that what few organic veggies I have harvested from my wee teenie garden does taste soooo much better. So, I can imagine that all the organic produce has to be scrumptious! Yeah, for the wife!

    It’s funny… cuz lately I have become acutely curious about everything I feed myself and my family. Why do I want to eat pesticides? I guess I am just starting to open my eyes to farming processes.

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  5. sharon rose

    Hi there!! Sounds like you and your family have had a wonderful time and the food sounds simply delicious! I love the sound of the strawberry rhubarb crisp too!

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  6. shelagh

    Sounds like a delicious menu!
    I get an organic box of veggies delivered to my door every Wed. I love supporting local businesses and farmers.

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