I love Triscuits They’re probably my favorite crackers. Or at least they’re right up there with Ritz and Town House and Club and Saltines and, well – Roxie would tell you that I have serious cracker self control issues.
Such a Triscuit fan am I that in less than a week I almost single handedly emptied a 9.5 ounce box of crackers without noticing there was something different about the package.
The front of the box could have read “Warning: Contains Rat Poison,” and I never would have known it, unless I overheard the paramedics calling the poison control center during the ambulance ride.
Just shoved my meaty paw into the box time and again until finally, one sad day, nothing came back but tiny, needle-like shards of processed wheat.
So the other night, as I was about to break down the empty package of Triscuits , these words on the front of the box jumped out at me for the first time:
“Join The Home Farming Movement!”
Had Nabisco somehow genetically engineered wheat so that snack crackers can now be grown from seed alongside the makings for salsa or onion dip?
Or was something even screwier at work.
Turns out, the folks at Kraft Foods’ Nabisco brand are, like everyone else in corporate America, jumping on the green bandwagon. Specifically, they’re capitalizing on the popularity of home grown or locally grown foods.
“Join the Home Farming Movement!” the front of the box said. And on the back:
“What is home farming? It’s a chance to experience the simple joy of growing your own vegetables and herbs, no matter where you live.”
And guess what?
“It’s easier than you think!”
Exactly what Roxie and I have been preaching on this blog and in our book.
You can do it, yes you can, etc.
No one needs a huge backyard to grow veggies. You can plant in small, raised beds. Or in pots. Or even a plastic baby pool on the rooftop (see page 18 in the book).
Little did we know, though, that in this age of miniaturization, home farming doesn’t require even that much space.
The beginnings of your home farm can fit onto a 2.5-inch square attached to the inside of a cracker box.
A farm in the hand is not a farmhand
“To help you get started, we’ve included real seeds in 4 million boxes of Triscuit…”
Don’t worry. The seeds aren’t sprinkled on the crackers. They’re concealed between the paper layers of the square in my hand at right.
“Plantable basil seed card inside box!” the box says, and there is also a five-step set of instructions on “How to grow your own home farm!”
We’re going to give it a try since we at Mike and Roxie’s Vegetable Paradise love adventure. Expect a followup post in 10-12 days, which is how long it supposedly takes for the seeds to sprout.
Good timing, too, because 10 days from now we’ll be into March 1 and that’s when Nabisco has set the Triscuit home farming web community to begin forming.
“…connect with other home farmers…”
And put some cheese on that cracker.
Posted by: Mike
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