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.
This past weekend something very beautiful and inspiring happened. Many of you stood up, took action, spoke out, and marched to express what you wanted to see in particular for women’s rights, dignity and honor. This is how the change you want is made manifest. It is time for us to become activists in all parts of our lives.
Our governments, our schools, our health care, our food system, our arts and entertainment, and our media are controlled and directed by interests that do not share our values and priorities; and our families, our children and the planet are suffering daily as a result.
The Solstice is a time of deep contemplation, intention and responsibility for setting the course of the coming new yearly cycle. It is a period of deep stillness in the natural world – birds stop singing, plants stop growing, our own bodies turn inwards more to introspection than physical activity.
The Solstice and the days that extend to January 7th are considered the most powerful days of stillness and receptivity in the year. An opening to our influence and wishes.
I wish to share a picture that was given to me in pieces over many years that I am now just beginning to see more fully and I will try my best to honor it.
Many of you have shared questions about combining and rationalizing your love of the farmers market with ordering from Farmers To You. So, we’d like to clarify something very important: Farmers To You does not want to replace your trip to the farmers market! We are here to supplement what you buy at the market or local CSA – never to replace them.
We like to think about starting as locally as possible and expanding out from there. Maybe you’ll try growing food in your backyard (or porch or window box) this summer.
This week I had the pleasure of meeting with many families in the Boston area to give two talks on Family, Food and Farms. I cannot fully articulate how inspiring this work is and how much we have to shift so families can source healthy and trustworthy food. I was especially struck by the terrible confusion about all the messages and labels on foods, and how many of you expressed real anger at how much we have been lied to over the years. I am realizing that it has created paralysis in our communities, and kept the status quo industrial food system as our default.