From the comments I received at the last post it would appear that we are all ready for the idea that vegetable and fruit growing will be on the rise. Genie mentioned that the resurgence in vegetable gardening may be partly because we â€œhave the Food Network to thank for some of this. People are learning how to cook better, and therefore want better ingredients, and a lot of that is because theyâ€™re being exposed to cooking in a way they hadnâ€™t ever before.â€ I think Genie is correct. I have always found the Food Network a source of interesting programming and have spent time watching Emeril, Bobby Flay, and the rest. I think however that the real action is on the Internet. Lets face it, we are a voyeuristic society and find it fun to see what our neighbors are up to. That's why I think its more fun to see what Genie or Melinda have cooked up. People want to be a part of a community, and its a lot easier to be a part of a food bloggers community than Bobby Flays.
I noticed that Melinda is involved in a â€œdark days of winterâ€ food challenge. Here are the rules, â€œeat 90% local for every meal, an average of 50% from the garden. If we canâ€™t get something local, weâ€™ll purchase bulk and organic from a local supplier. Coffee, tea, spices and sugar will be organic, sustainable harvested and fair trade whenever possible. (There are some exceptions for traveling when we do.)" What I take away from this is her enthusiasm for the challenge. Its not a drag to do these things, but fun!It's a challenge and its fun to see if you can do it. Gardening and eating local can be fun? Who would have guessed.
Here is why I think this stuff will lead to a growth in vegetable and fruit gardening. We're talking about it! People are talking and sharing. Its so much easier to comment at a garden/food blog than at HGTV. Sure they accept e-mail but do you really think Emeril is going to write back? Community is built by a back and forth between community members. That back and forth is easily facilitated by blogging. This acts as a magnet for other people who feel the same way. Its starting to happen. Like Top Veg said "It is interesting to see how everything is coming together - to bring the increased interest in gardening. It is certainly happening in the UK." It's happening here, too.