Watching the Superbowl on Sunday, the two best ads of the entire night centred around farmers. Both brought tears to the eyes, as they successfully displayed how hard and dedicated the typical farmer is.
The great thing now is that farmers are finally getting better recognition and credit for the important and integral work that they do.
The best restaurants and chefs now deal directly with local farmers, to get the best quality food for their menus. Yes, farmers are becoming the “cool” crowd.
As the great journalist and author Michael Pollen says,
We simply can’t afford the healthcare costs incurred by the current system of cheap food—which is why, sooner or later, we will find the political will to change it.
We get to vote three times a day on how we decide to feed ourselves while at the same time minimizing the impact on our precious earth.
For that reason, we, as a family, strive to buy as close to the source as possible, from local growers and producers. These are people you can actually talk to at the market, hear how they grew their food and see what it means to them. Recognize the joy and pride with which they present their food while noticing the lines and scars on their bodies from their hard work.
Our family tries not to take our food for granted, while respecting and cherishing how we can work with nature to sustain ourselves.