|Fresh onions, Santa Monica Farmers' Market, LA|
In a sense, the drive to eat seasonably evolved as a backlash against the enormous efforts we take to preserve and transport produce from different climates to ensure consistent availability in all markets. But all that effort is driven by the demand for consistency and predictability - such that it's unimaginable for a cheeseburger in Alaska not to have lettuce and tomato in it.
|"Fresh" produce at Target.|
Phenomena such as climate change and genetic drift are altering what we can predict from our crops. True respect for seasonal eating includes the flexibility to adjust to unpredictability; adopting a narrow definition of edibility is simply fueling the demands that underlie the giant factory farming process.
|Pindo fruit, another commonly grown local crop on ornamentals.|