This is Local Food Week! Let’s celebrate it.
There’s a gorgeous weekend coming up, along with the opportunity to visit the Codrington Farmers’ Market (Sundays 10-2). The market gardeners are bringing more and more home-growns every week. Annie is joining us again this Sunday with tasty choices of her wood-fired bread: Pumpkin Seed, Kalamata Olive, Rustic White, Cranberry & Walnut, Tomato & Herbs, and Thor’s Spent Grain (all the foregoing are vegan), plus Caraway & Onion Rye. She sells out quickly, so come early. There are beautiful plants and flowers too, along with baked goods, meats, snacks, soaps, and much more. Don’t forget there is live music, picnic tables, and free coffee. The Library is open as well (inside the hall) during market hours.
Thinking about small farming operations (and Local Food) – whether produce, honey, cider, eggs, maple syrup, etc. – it is amazing that these entrepreneurs are willing to put in so many hours, so much labour, so much heart and soul, for work that probably doesn’t reward with even minimum wage if all the hours are added up. Pensions? Don’t think so! Paid vacation? Such a dream! But these are the folks who spend their dollars in our communities, not in a foreign country where products found in other retail establishments originate. Our producers ensure that family farms and food security thrive. The food they bring to the Market has traveled a very short distance, and was picked within a day or two. They will talk to customers about their products and production methods. Yes, their products may cost a few quarters, or a couple of dollars more than the massed-produced items in the supermarkets, but wouldn’t you rather know where your food came from, and support your local growers? Can you even imagine not having local food producers?
Because these people choose to keep their acreage for food production, our rural areas are not masses of houses crowded onto tiny lots, with the noise and loss of community that follow. Please, please: support local business – whatever and wherever you are buying.