How about a bacovore?

I had a lot of fun recently at Ten Thousand Villages in Raleigh, talking with a lively group about eating in season and shopping locally. It’s great to see more people wanting to eat food produced in their own back yards (sometimes literally). And that they see the benefits, from economic ones to better tasting food.

I handed out a chart of when different vegetables are in season in North Carolina, and you can find it here. The site also has lists of farmers markets across the state.

I also heard a great story from a fellow Winston-Salem native who remembered Beth Tartan. That was the pen name of Elizabeth Hedgecock Sparks, who was food editor for the Winston-Salem paper for decades.

The lady told me that she was sitting a pew ahead of her one Sunday when Mrs. Sparks’ young granddaughter became fussy and whiny. According to my source, Mrs. Sparks reached into her purse and pulled out a strip of crispy bacon. She gave it to the child, who immediately quieted down.

That story backs up what I’ve always believed: Bacon makes everything better. Don’t leave home without it.

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