Project 365: Day 93 – Basket of Grapes

by matt on May 23, 2010

Basket of GrapesCostco and I have this love hate relationship.  I like that they have some decent deals.  I also like that they are starting to carry more and more organic produce although admittedly produce is not why I go to Costco.  But what I don’t like is the sterile warehouse feel to the place.

For me I prefer the farmer’s market because I know exactly who I am dealing with and what they are selling.  I know that when I buy produce from John, my local organic farmer, that I am getting a premium product.  But when I buy from a warehouse I don’t have a connection with the farmer.

Why is this important?  It’s important because it is the local small farmer that has a much more realistic view of sustainable agriculture.  Produce in the US is picked on average 4-7 days before it ends up in a supermarket and has typically traveled 1500 miles.  Products grown outside of the US are shipped even further distances.

This works now because of the artificially low energy costs associated with transporting around the globe and by the subsidizing of large agri-business.  But as cheap energy dries up the cost of produce is only going to go up and at some point it will reach a level of being unsustainable.

To be totally transparent here these grapes are not local or organic.  I’m not going to find a mango that was grown in Oregon, or a pineapple or any other tropical fruit.  I’m not saying that we shouldn’t buy these things just that when given the option we should consider buying local for as much as we can.  It feels good when I know I am supporting a local small business.

This photo was shot with 2 speedlights, a Canon 580EXII in a shoot through umbrella to camera left and a Canon 430EXII in a softbox camera right.  They were triggered with Cactus v4’s.  Camera settings are below.

Canon 5DII | Tamron 28-75 | f/11 | 1/125th sec. | ISO 100

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