One of the best farming experiences we’ve had this year is getting to know more people who have made the commitment to opt out of the industrial food system and to adopt diets focused on local naturally raised food. These are folks who understand the profound importance of food and who are willing to pay a little more to assure that they and their families are being nourished at meals, rather than being poisoned.
Some of the most loyal supporters of our farm now are folks I’d known for years, without knowing that they had joined the food movement. It’s encouraging to know they’re out there and we feel less lonely on this journey every day.
Some of our customers regularly travel 100+ miles each week to go to grocery stores where they can buy safe quality food (if they are unable to get it from us). There are so few farms around here that produce food naturally and organically that they feel they have no choice. And with more and more people discovering the advantages of eating real food, it seems that sometimes (especially this year–thanks to crazy weather) there just isn’t enough quality local food to go around.
This increase in demand is encouraging and I believe the future of agriculture will be with ethical small scale producers.
I’ve blogged often about the frustration that comes with living in an agricultural community, where quality food should be abundant and easily available, yet having one of the most generally unhealthy communities in the state and nation. Often what we’re saying seems to fall on deaf ears, even though the evidence of the truth of it can be seen by simply looking at what is happening to our bodies. We’ve wondered whether we’re making a difference.
I’ve tried to remain optimistic but it hasn’t always been easy.
But as more and more people tell us that they’re healthier and happier now that they eat right, and as more and more people tell us that they’re thrilled to be able to eat food that actually tastes good, my optimism is renewed.
The day is soon arriving, I believe, when those long drives to places like Whole Foods will no longer be necessary.