Every year after the Christmas season is over, Kenton and I try our best to have a bit of a detox, Casa Tyr style. We’re not big on diets, or starvation diets, or feeling hungry and cranky – but we do like to aim to be a bit healthier.
This year is no exception. So as January has already begun, so has the healthy living! It’s nothing too serious, just less wine, more fruit and veg, more exercise and no sweets. That’s not too hard for us, especially as it is the exercise season here on the farm! Sure, the olive harvest is over, but now it’s time to cut wood, rotovate the garden, plant the potato crop and the spring veg, weed, cut down trees, prune the olive trees, and so on.
It’s easy to eat lots of fruit and veg in our area. What we don’t grow ourselves, is cheap to buy. I know we’re lucky in that regard, as we don’t need to buy from supermarkets – we buy very fresh fruit and veg from the wholesaler, who buys direct from the farmers in the area. But we have to actually make the effort to shop at 2 different places to buy supplies – not an onerous chore, but it often is enough to make shoppers lazy.
So today’s haul from the wholesaler included:
- 14 kilos grapefruit
- 1 pineapple
- 1 kilo mushrooms
- 1/2 kilo cucumbers
- 1 kilo lettuce
- 1/2 kilo broccoli
- 1 1/2 kilo tomatoes on the vine
- 1 1/2 kilos onions
- 1 kilo alles
- 1 cabbage
- 1 kilo peppers
- 16 kilos oranges
- 1 kilo carrots
How much was this feast? €25, which for you not in the eurozone, is $32 or £20. Not bad for a month’s worth of fresh produce. When was the last time you bought from a local produce store rather than the supermarket chain? Try it, fruit and veg just might be worth eating again!