Today was the first time in 2 weeks that my local farmers market (Symons Valley Ranch) was back from the Christmas holidays.
I have been so eager to go back and I realized how dependent I have become on the fresh, local, organic meats and vegetables. I usually make this short trip every weekend, to get my family the best products from some of the best local farmers and ranchers around.
I felt a fair bit of urgency because I usually have a stock of good meats and veggies to last a week or so, but with the holidays, I had to restock!
After making my purchases and visiting with Irm, Greg, Patty, Sharon and all the other vendors that I see on a regular basis, I made my discovery of the added benefit…
Making relationships/friends with the people that provide the majority of our fresh food is really a big deal! I now know how and where our meats all come from. I get to order special cuts from one of these producers. I have created relationships with friends of friends to get grass fed beef and wonderful healthy pork products from a lady and her connection to a farm in northern Alberta. Wow!
This is so much more than just grocery shopping at the faceless, nameless conglomerates that we flock to for super deals. This feels like it is the way that getting “food” is supposed to be!
We(meaning me)have lost our connection to our food.
When you experience the difference and you want to know all the steps that it takes for your food to get to the plates of you loved ones, it really matters.
I realized that the local producers and friends that I have created really care and when you are face to face, they can’t help but feel satisfaction from making the world a bit better.
I am so grateful to the organizers, local producers, friends of friends and of course the earth and all that you give us!
Support your local producers and experience a much enriched life.