What fosters our connection with food?
Why, knowing precisely where it comes from, of course…
Here in the Tetons—despite the short alpine growing season—we are blessed with an abundance of CSA’s, local farms, and dairies. It’s not hard to drop by the farm, shake your farmer’s hand, and reap the bennies of the provisions he or she has for sale. And with hobby farms cropping up like weeds, it just may be your next-door neighbor who provides your eggs or goat’s milk cheese.
Last weekend, I attended the Locavores Night Out, hosted by Slow Foods in the Tetons. I was blown away by the turnout and the amount of new farms! If I brought my cooler, I would have stocked it with fresh spring produce, whole fryer chickens, lamb, goat’s milk cheeses, local aperitifs, and various canned and jarred specialty items. Instead, I tasted my way through, grabbing cards and vowing to visit one farm a week throughout the summer.
CSA (community supported agriculture), means a lot more to me than simply buying a seasonal share from a farm. It means living in a community where the agricultural heritage has flourished due to the farmers who make it happen and the consumers who drive the demand.
So if you’re mindful about your food choices, it’s easy to cultivate a vibrant foodie community. It starts with small steps. Like–instead of buying that shrink-wrapped chicken or the pre-washed salad greens in your grocery store, take a moment to research a local purveyor instead. Then, pull on your boots and head on out to give your farmer’s hand a shake. You’ll feel much better about your food knowing you took control of your choices.