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Yesterday, I spent a large part of the afternoon outside in my backyard contemplating how I’m going to turn myself into a gardener this year. My thumbs are black, not green, and in year’s past I’ve tried and failed to grow my own produce more times than I can count.
This year is going to be different, though. In my 2013 food resolutions, I acknowledged that I’m going to accept that I will never be a gardener, but I here I go again attempting to grow more than the stumpy carrots that were pulled from the dirt last fall.
I’ve armed myself with books, websites, notepads and packets of seeds to get started. I’ve clipped articles (that I don’t understand), my husband has built me a raised bed and I’ve been following the sun’s placement in my backyard obsessively for the past two weeks.
While I’ve been doing all of this, I’ve also been wondering what to plant. Do I go for the foods my family loves, the ones the kids hate in hopes of converting them, the easiest ones to grow or do I attempt to cultivate the items listed on the 2013 EWG Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce (i.e. The Dirty Dozen).
While I decide I’ll leave you with the complete list of which foods topped the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list this year, and which ones are considered to be part of the ‘Clean Fifteen.’ Interestingly enough, apples are on the list for the third year in a row, cherry tomatoes and hot peppers are new additions, and blueberries and lettuce have fallen off the charts. Also, while domestically grown kale didn’t meet the Dirty Dozen standards it is ‘commonly contaminated with exceptionally toxic pesticides.’
The 2013 Dirty Dozen
The 2013 Clean Fifteen
Are you a gardener? Do you have any advice to pass along to me? Which foods do you like grow?
Hot on the heels of our discussion about the lack of high chairs in a restaurant cooking up a food fight comes another dining out drama I thought you might be interest in.
An American restaurant recently offered a family a discount on their receipt for having well-behaved kids. The photo was posted by a Reddit user who received four dollars off of the pre-tax bill because her children were presumably well mannered and quiet. Generating over 1580 comments, the photo has earned some cheers—and jeers—from the Internet for its unconventional reward system.
The Huffington Post asked a few great questions on the topic, like how much colouring was done before the meal? Were there iPhones at the table? Did they get all-you-can-eat buttered pasta from the first moment of the meal? Was there any food on the floor at the end at all? In essence, which behaviours are deemed discount worthy?
One commenter on the original post wondered what happens to the families who don’t get the discount? Do they dispute it? Do they care? And is there a surcharge for loud kids or those who don’t finish their dinner? Or, ultimately, is this just an act of kindness extended to random families who’ve earned?
I’m curious, though, what do you think about this? Would you be more willing to eat somewhere that offered a deal based on table etiquette? Or is this just plain silly and it would never influence your decisions to dine at such an establishment?