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Saturday, April 17, 2010

What's up with Google Gadgets?

Hmmm, this is really just a silly sort of rant I suppose. But when I first set up this blog I thought it would be cool to include some nice google gadgets to dress it up a bit Of course there are thousands of google gadgets, so what to add? Since this is a blog that centers around food I thought a food-related gadget would be fun to include.

So I searched the gadgets and found one called "Seasonal Foods". Its little description reads:

Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables. Every day see the fruits and vegetables which are in season in your area. See what foods are growing near you. Click to find recipes for any ingredient. Fresh, seasonal food should be an important part of our everyday diet. Support your local farmers and growers and see what is available in your area for the freshest, most delicous foods you can find.

And this sounded perfect to me! I'm moving in the direction of being more of a locavore which would involve eating fresh foods in season. When I started my blog in March the gadget sadly told me that nothing was in season in the NY area in March. But now in April I'm starting to see things...but my list is: apples, onions, potatoes, turnips....

Hmmm, seems like an odd list to me. I mean apples and potatoes seem like classic *fall* foods to me, not foods that are in season in mid-April. Heck, the apple blossoms are barely starting to bud! So where does this list come from. This site shows asparagus and spinach as being fresh in NJ at this time but does list apples, onions, potatoes and turnips (and a few others) being available locally from area greenhouses.

Okay, I guess that is still local. But hothouse products were not what I had in mind for a gadget promising to show the produce that was in season. I thought it would show lists with items more like this:

Oh well, I'll keep it for a while and see what it comes up with as the growing season progresses. Otherwise I may be gadget shopping again.

On a personal note, I have lost 6 pounds in the last month, so that is a total of 108 pounds lost. Yay me. I'm having to break out jeans that were still a tad too tight for comfort a month ago. Now they are feeling fine.

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, that's kinda weird -- my definition of 'seasonal' is pretty different too.

    Congrats on the 108# lost! Holy cats, that's awesome!!