Today I am thankful for the community in which I live.
I spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Florida with my husband's family. For those of you who are plugged into an "alternative" food system, you will understand when I say it was uncomfortable.
Yes, there is a Whole Foods, but our Florida family is a Publix family. Now, Publix has actually made some movement away from the dark side with their GreenWise Market initiative, but I've really gotten used to knowing where my food comes from, and if nothing else, the Prop 37 debacle in California has made me realize that if we don't know the farmer, we really don't know what's in our food.
The food system in Florida is unfamiliar to me. Even in Whole Foods, I didn't recognize some of their regional brands. I'm afraid I've become a food snob. There - I've said it. I've developed a serious comfort zone with the farms in my community and the people that grow my food. Once you get used to eating the really good stuff, it's hard to go to Walmart.
I want to make it easier for people to connect with our food community; to meet those farmers and know that their food is clean and healthy. More than anything I want them to know the difference between what they see in the store and what's real.
"Most of us are creatures so comforted by habit, it can take something on the order of religion to invoke new, more conscious behaviours--however glad we may be afterward that we went to the trouble." ~ Barbara Kingsolver,