I attended the Natural Products Expo in Boston last Friday and came away thinking, “Who eats like this?” Sure, all the usual suspects were there with samples of organic ice cream and yogurt, but clearly nutrients were the star of the show. Competing booths worked hard to assert their Acai street cred or tout their Goji berry-ness. In fact, it seemed much of our natural “food” had devolved into carriers for the latest super fruit or micronutrient. Combined with the abundant display space devoted to colon cleansing, wrinkle removal and pet acne, it made me wonder, “What’s food got to do with this?”
I was reminded the next day, spending time with a third generation Maine lobsterman. We joined Herman and Monique aboard the Jocelyne K under a warm afternoon sun (much appreciated considering their day started at 5:00 a.m.) and spent a few hours motoring around Mackerel Cove. We listened to lobster stories, learned about a lifestyle passed down to generations and heard the pride these “farmers of the sea” take in providing real food to people. We stopped along the way, dining on lobster stew, mussels, steamed lobster and fried clams. Nothing fortified, not a goji berry to be found…and yet I never felt healthier.
Learn more about Maine lobstermen at http://lobstersonthefly.blogspot.com/