Well that's all fine and dandy but why do you grow your own vegetables? Why not just buy them from the grocery store? My local grocery store has plenty of green stuff that I'm told are those fancy "vegetables" you speak of, isn't it the same thing?
Wow, you guys and gals are all pretty loud as you read this blog, I can hear you way over here. That is a great question though so thank you for asking! Yes, your local grocery store likely has plenty of vegetables that are probably pretty reasonably priced. If you take one of these vegetables and put it directly next to the exact same vegetable that I've grown they will probably look identical, the one that I've grown might even look worse than the store bought vegetable! Don't let this scare you and don't judge a book by it's cover. The true test is in the taste, if you do a taste comparison of these vegetables the difference is going to be starkly different despite the fact that it's the same vegetable! Home or locally grown produce is going to have an enjoyable flavor explosion whereas your typical grocery store produce usually tastes like cardboard. The proof is in the pudding as they say.
The general reasoning for this is really quite simple, your store bought produce is from all across the country as well as the world. In order for this produce to be sold from the store before it spoils it's normally picked before it's ripe, boxed up, put in trucks where this food continues to ripen, then sits on the store shelf for a few days or longer before it's bought. The picking before it's ripe keeps precious nutrients out of the vegetable (or fruit) that it needs to keep on developing and ripen properly. Have you ever noticed how vine ripened tomatoes taste quite a bit different and better from other tomatoes that were picked prematurely?