Food is probably the most intimate connection we have with the earth and sharing it with others one of the intimate connections we have with those we care about. We eat three times a day and with whom we eat and what we eat are profound decisions about what we value. At the farmers market, we can not only find food but we can find and promote love and passion for personal health; ecological restoration; carbon reduction; belonging; revitalization of rural landscapes and communities; and livable economies and communities, among many other things.
This week at the market there will be a chance to sample a chef’s salad made with produce available from our vendors. The lettuce, cucumbers, ham, eggs, green onions and radishes are not the same as those that come in bags at the grocery store, for they have been grown on farms where the health of the soil and animals is as important as the health of people and by farmers who are willing to work hard and produce a higher quality, more nutritious, longer lasting product in lower quantity for the same reasons you want a good friend, loving partner or safe community. And they are willing to do all of this for less money than they might get from another kind of farming or another career.
– Kathleen Smythe
Advisory Board Member
Professor of History & Sustainability