A teenager’s food world expands

Photo by La Grande Farmers’ Market via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Mark Bittman’s blog at The New York Times recently ran a guest column from farmer Clotilde Hryshko. (You can find other posts from Hryshko at markbittman.com.) The piece opens this way:

My eldest daughter, Marya, knew Adam from when they were in algebra together. A grade apart, they didn’t share the same friends. This past March they happened to be the only students from their school at the Grouplove/Young the Giant concert we all went to. They waved to each other. Within a month he was introduced to us and our relationship also began.

Dinners can be a big deal in our house. As in many households, it’s one of the few times in the day we get to connect. It can be easy to accommodate someone once or twice without giving away our kitchen intimacies, but after a month of dinners, two to three times per week, it gets harder. So it was with Adam. We warned him what asparagus season meant. We commended him that he dealt with the spinach onslaught better than our daughters. He knows what it’s like to eat too many strawberries. As it goes, every week new vegetables and fruits show up and others leave.

As a parent I am impressed by his willingness to try everything. It might not seem like a big deal until you see teenagers who just aren’t comfortable trying new things. He was corrected the time he declared that pesto was “no good” instead of “I don’t care for it.” After trying tofu for the first time he was curious why people said they didn’t like it.

The post makes for a really nice read, simultaneously taking you to life on a CSA farm and into the company of high-schoolers (in a good way), so check out the full piece here.

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