“In the US, the food on our table has traveled an average of1500 miles and consumed 9 calories of energy for each food calorie on our plate. 90% of the food in the U.S. comes from 10% of the producers.”
We had some shocking news this month, we’ll can’t really say it was shocking (more sad) because stuff like this always been in the backs of our minds. Long time customer, Elements Restaurant in Pasadena is NO longer buying our produce. Unfortunately, another troubling sign of the economic times. The small, local food growers are the first to go in cost cutting moves.
The good news is that now we do have surplus produce available! Sign up for our weekly email list at www.DervaesGardens.com
For over 15 years we have been supplying restaurants and have know that such type of clientele can come and go. Actually have gained and lost a fair share over the years so not really anything new but this time we were prepared!
We are happy that these last two years we have really focus on our front porch farm stand selling to individuals and families. So at least now we have even more surplus and folks are coming by to get it and really getting to know their food and farmer! The amount of positive feedback is tremendous. Folks are tasting REAL food, sometimes for the FIRST time. For us, that’s just wonderful to be able to share our homegrown blessings with others in the community. And every week we see the same faces and talk about, guess what? FOOD! I’ll ask or they’ll tell me what they made with the funky looking heirloom squash or if they are trying a veggie for the first time I’ll give them tips on recipes and how to use it. Not only are we farmers growing food but community too.
Like they say, when one door closes another one opens and we feel that the front porch farm stand is setting a new paradigm.
The front porch is a great place to sit and watch the world go by but right now we are molding a new world.
Especially in light of news stories like this one (which we already knew for years)
Farmer’s Market Fiasco
Don’t Be Fooled By a Farmers’ Market Without Any Farmers
As the food movement continues to gain momentum, demand for local, seasonal fare increases exponentially. But just as all this sustainable food crops up, another entity rears its ugly head: We’re seeing more and more attempts by unscrupulous companies to cash in on the movement’s popularity by “greenwashing” (or “foodwashing” perhaps) their unsustainable products.
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