By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
As a child, growing up in rural Indiana, I was very aware of where my food came from.
My family always had a garden and what we did not grow we U-Picked.
By the end of the growing season, our freezer was full of beans, peaches, apples, blackberries, and peppers while the pantry was full of home-canned tomatoes, corn, and strawberry jam.
When I went to elementary school the story was the same. The cooks showed up when we did for school and cooked our meals from scratch. Homemade chicken and dumplings, angel biscuits, fresh green beans and applesauce cake for dessert was the norm not the exception when it came to our lunches.
Those who brought their lunch were not excluded from the fresh food. There was always free fruit in season available to everyone. While for some this may seem like a dream, I promise you it was not. It was just a rural community that supported the school with excess produce that turned into fresh meals.
These wonderful meals continued until I Read the rest of this entry »