June is National Fruits and Veggies Month (as well as Celibacy Awareness Month, Firework Eye Safety Month, Frozen Yogurt Month and Give a Bunch of Balloons Month...) but let’s focus on fruits and vegetables for now. Whether you’re a meat and potatoes person or someone who adds spinach and kale to smoothies, there’s a good chance at least a few fruits and vegetables are near and dear to your heart.
Today I want you to be thankful for those delicacies. Love your lettuce. Adore that apple. Let your pineapple know how much you appreciate it. You may not realize it, but year-round access to fresh produce is a fairly recent novelty.
Less than 100 years ago, the average person was dependent on what was local, seasonal and affordable. Unless you were rich, food probably got really boring during harsh winter months. But thanks to technology, most modern Americans can’t identify. Let’s face it, if you need sour green mango powder, Amazon can probably have it waiting on your doorstep the next day.
And yet, each Christmas I still put an orange and handful of nuts in the toe of my children’s stockings, which is especially funny because we live in Florida and do not suffer from a shortage of oranges. But it’s what my mom did for us. It’s what her parents did for her, back when fresh citrus was still an exotic treasure and the bright flavor of an orange in winter was its own special magic.
1840s – Ice-refrigerated cars (or reefers) are used to transport milk and butter.
1860s – Ice-refrigerated transport is mostly for seafood and dairy products.