When was the last time you had some lovely organic Tuscan Kale on your menu at home?
Can you remember that special trip to the market to get some for dinner?
Can you remember what you paid for it?
It may have cost a little more than ordinary long leafed cabbage, but I’m willing to bet it didn’t cost as much as this little trip to the market cost all of as taxpayers.
On Thursday just gone, First Lady Michelle Obama found to her dismay that there was none in the crisper section of the fridge at home, so it was off to the market for some to have with dinner.
This story comes from Dana Milbank at the Washington Post.
The Secret Service and the D.C. police brought in three dozen vehicles and shut down H Street, Vermont Avenue, two lanes of I Street and an entrance to the McPherson Square Metro station. They swept the area, in front of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with bomb-sniffing dogs and installed magnetometers in the middle of the street, put up barricades to keep pedestrians out, and took positions with binoculars atop trucks. Though the produce stand was only a block or so from the White House, the first lady hopped into her armored limousine and pulled into the market amid the wail of sirens.
Hundreds had gathered to watch as the First Lady, with a straw basket and a lei of flowers around her neck, went off shopping. Two bunches of organic Tuscan Kale, a dozen free range eggs, some cherry tomatoes, some Asian pears, and a tub of multi coloured potatoes. Earlier, she addressed the crowd after Mayor Fenty warmed up the crowd.
She mentioned that this placement of the market here, and close to the White House, would also be a boon for federal employees working in the nearby buildings to pick up some good ‘stuff’ on their way home.
After selecting the ‘stuff’ for her family, she left the basket ….. and the bill, with an aide while she made her way back to the Limo.
During her short talk to the crowd she also mentioned how fresh food is always a good thing for her family, and:
She also spoke of her own culinary efforts: “There are times when putting together a healthy meal is harder than you might imagine.”
Particularly when it involves a soundstage, an interpreter for the deaf, three TV satellite trucks and the closing of part of downtown Washington.
Go and read the article at the link and check out some of the comparative costs for this healthy shopping and then work out how soon before you start planning a trip to Washington to shop at this ‘local’ market.
Imagine the carbon footprint for this little shopping trip.