It wasn't that long ago that growing your own food was the norm. In today's fast-paced society, however, the art of gardening seems to have been lost along the way. True, it's much easier to purchase produce at the local grocery store, but what about the undeniable difference in taste and quality between garden-grown produce and grocery store offerings? I can say with certainty that garden-grown tomatoes beat any grocery store variety that I've ever purchased. What about the convenience factor? Sure, it's nice to go to your local produce department and buy whatever veggies you may need. It's also nice to have so many vegetables available year round. However, I can't help but wonder if our health as a nation has suffered because of our lust for speed and convenience. Consider this: Gardening involves a certain amount of physical activity, and there's no question that exercise is missing from the lives of many Americans. It also can be a wonderful stress-reducing activity. Is there any question that we live stressful lives?

You might think you can't have home-grown produce unless you have a large area to garden, but produce can actually be grown in very small areas. For example, many vegetables grow well in pots. There are resources on growing gardens in small areas all over the internet, such as the one found here. So, the next time you're on a quest for the healthiest foods, look no further than your own backyard. I'm convinced that the healthiest, most delicious, and highest quality foods are those grown by your own hands.