Food Feature Friday

On behalf of 4th of July week and family traditions, Watermelon is the food word of the day.

Watermelon- The large melonlike fruit of a plant of the gourd family, with smooth green skin, red pulp, and watery juice.

Watermelon

Watermelons are one of my favorite summer foods (maybe of all time). I enjoyed this watermelon on the 4th of July.

Watermelon makes me think of my grandparents. They are the reason I am so crazy about the fruit. We always eat it when I visit in the summer. They know how to pick good ones, too.

At 9 a.m. my grandpa will say, “let’s go eat watermelon.” We will go out to the fridge in the garage and grandma will cut up the watermelon into fourths. We will sit outside in chairs and eat as much as we want. Buck, the old yellow lab used to eat the leftover rinds. Those were the best times.

Nonetheless, it’s a tradition in that same family to eat watermelon and fried catfish on the 4th of July, and sadly, I didn’t make it home to indulge. However, my grandparents sent me back with a nice one before I left the farm on Sunday (above).

I am glad it tastes pretty good. I am also thankful there will be more to come. Hopefully my watermelon tapping skills aren’t too rusty.

Do you have a favorite, traditional summer food? Agri-Word would like to hear from you and you might just be featured in an upcoming “Food Feature Friday.”

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Definition: Organic

Organic
Relating to, yielding, dealing in, or involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides.
Organic is a word on a lot of minds right now when buying food. Do you eat organic or know how to tell if your food is 100%?

Follow the conversations on Twitter.

Defining Agriculture

Since agriculture is the focus of this blog, I think it’s important to know how it’s defined.

The Merriam Webster online dictionary defines Agriculture as “the science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock and in varying degrees the preparation and marketing of the resulting products.” 

The Webster definition seems pretty cut and dry, right? Well, check out the Department of Agriculture’s definition.

It’s pretty confusing to navigate if you don’t know which agriculture you are looking for. There is no one definition for just agriculture on the site I could find.

On the social media sites Facebook and Twitter, I asked people what their definition of agriculture was. Here were some of the replies I received.

“The management of livestock and crops for human sustainability.”

“Agriculture is an industry that has the power to effect everything in the world. Its diversity effects more than most people realize.” 

“Agriculture gets a bad reputation even though it’s full of people that have nothing but drive, do nothing but strive, work hard everyday, and will do anything to help another person even when the markets down and we truly need help ourselves but are to proud to ask. Agriculture is the same as greatness…just a few letters longer.” 

“Corn.”

“Here’s the Wikipedia definition-Agriculture (also called farming or husbandry) is the cultivation of animals, plants, fungi and other life forms for food, fiber, and other products used to sustain life. Pretty spot on I’d say.” 

I even You Tubed agriculture. Here are some of the results:

Excerpt from the PBS Documentary “Farm Boy”

BASF “One Hungry Planet.”

Agriculture is defined as you define it.That’s what makes agriculture such an interesting industry to be involved in.

So…I want to know for this blog: How do YOU define agriculture?