I was on my beautiful short commute this past Monday morning from Calais Vermont to Berlin – when this phrase popped into my head from the distant past … Mystery Meat! I started laughing because I had just been preoccupied in thought about what I would write about this week, and kept thinking how strange it is now that we do not know where most all of our food really comes from.
So let me explain for those of you who have never experienced Mystery Meat! I may be dating myself a bit here – but do you remember back in high school or grade school in the cafeteria when there often seemed to be a selection for lunch that defied identification?
As a farmer I sometimes have a negative reaction to conversations about the high cost of food. Ok, I always have a negative reaction. Thank goodness for our amazing team – they calm me down every time.
This week we had a conversation about costs, value, and how supermarkets set their prices, and I realized that it would be good for me to share my perspective and the less obvious but measurable benefits of this unique regional food model.
So here goes…
First and foremost: good, healthy, nutritious, clean, and trustworthy food costs more to produce.
As a valued Farmers To You partner, please take a moment to read this important letter.
I’m writing on behalf of the 83 small-scale farmers who have devoted their lives to growing healthy, delicious food that sustains your family, the local economy, and the planet.
I’m writing for the passionate Farmers To You team, people who are committed beyond description to running our operation. Imagine, we have never missed a delivery in 6 years – 134,152 orders to date. Incredible!
I am also writing on behalf of many of you, the families we feed weekly who have supported us since the beginning.
Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. As farmers we learn this lesson early and repeatedly. Waiting for the perfect solution quickly leads to failure through inaction.
When you work in the world of nature and natural laws – perfection is something rare and fleeting. Something to be enjoyed, and cherished, but not the singular goal of each action. There is simply too much else to be accomplished and tended to each moment of each day. But, as a farmer – tied to the rhythm and cycles of nature every day – we know there will always be an opportunity for improvement.
Dr. Vandana Shiva gave an inspiring talk at this Winter’s Organic Farming Conference in Vermont! With eloquence and humor, Dr. Shiva exposed the myths and false truths around the benefits of the Green Revolution she witnessed as it was unfolding in her home state of Punjab in India. The impacts were tragic, and because it happened within a generation, it was clear just how damaging this industrial model of agriculture is to the Earth, communities, and society.
Please listen to this remarkable woman who continues to stand toe to toe with big Ag and big Chemical in her country and the world.