THINGS I WISH MY KIDS WOULD ASK ME
Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, I've never really had to shop for groceries before going away to college. Things just magically appear in the fridge at home. What should I know?
A: Several things. You need to eat well, so this is important. All those things your health teacher tried to teach you are true. You need a balance of fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy. Beer and pizza will cover most of those. I kid, and you're not old enough. The best short answer is to only eat stuff that came out of the ground and not out of a can or a fast-food place. Find find the local farmer's market, and don't buy more than you can eat in a week. Fresh stuff does go bad.
— Barry Courter
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...