While getting my last dose of Lambing Live last nite, there was a montage of lambs and sheep in different settings around the UK: the coast (did you know that there's a type of sheep that lives off of *seaweed*?!?!?), mountains, rolling hills, etc...And, while I was watching, there were several scenes that made me think to myself, 'wow. that looks great! i'd really love to go there one weekend.' And, that's when it hit me: popping away for the weekend here in the UK is totally possible-and in particular, with all of the food/cooking/lambing...programs that are on TV here, it seems like I've seen more of this country than the US-and am more familiar with where-and *how* food is sourced here than in the US.
I mean, I *know* that potatos come from Idaho, but it would probably take 10 hours (at best?..) to drive there from Seattle and find a potato farm. The UK? I could probably be on a farm in less than 3 hours. And, there's something I find comforting about that; the proximity itself is definitely a good thing-I am most definitely a fan of buying local. But, beyond the actual proximity, is the knowledge that I'm gaining by learning about where the food is sourced from. Good stuff.