“So, friends, every day do something that won't compute...Give your approval to all you cannot understand...Ask the questions that have no answers. Put your faith in two inches of humus that will build under the trees every thousand years...Laugh. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts....Practice resurrection.”
― Wendell Berry, The Country of Marriage
Well, its another 18 hour day for this cowboy....good thing it ain't my first rodeo, nor my last. The Valley Roots Food Hub has been moving a lot of local food in the past 6 weeks. This week was our biggest yet. That means that some retailers and restaurants in our region are putting their money where it counts (one example below, and more coming). One big accomplishment for the food hub of south-central Colorado, one small dent in the food system of the dominant paradigm. Don't get me wrong......I love coal, gasoline, and commodity barley that makes great, locally-made micro brews. These things give us a life that no other human generation has ever experienced. Ever tried to homebrew an equivalent amount of energy and resources? Well, I have, and am still trying in vain, but that's another story. The immediate point is this: How could we show disdain where our predecessors would have given their left leg? And secondly, the right thing costs more! Its that simple. Economy of scale is not always an ecologist. The world's encyclopedia, business tools at light speed, and business/social networking available in every person's palm. The opportunity alone makes me dizzy, and because its cheap and accessible makes me suspicious. But as the wise sage says, just because you can doesn't mean you should!
This week's Fresh Box:
Season's Cafe in Salida. These guys are leading the pack with putting quality, local, and non GMO first in their menu planning and recipes. This is my recommendation of THE PLACE to eat. More info coming, but for now, check them out:
1110 E Highway 50Salida, Colorado