“This was the first full week of Jane’s first year at public school. She was fine getting on the bus, she had a ball in class, and she loved meeting new friends. She had one concern: lunch. Why did she have to have all the usual home-grown stuff in her lunchbox while her classmates brought those bright and coveted “things from the store” that she hasn’t learned the names of yet?
Ah! Because the food in your lunchbox is the center of our family’s culture, I thought. It governs the rhythm of our day and of our year. It is our sustenance, our living, our lifestyle. And because that pork belly and sauerkraut sandwich I made for you totally rocked.
Then I tried to get all of that into language she would understand. “Our food,” I said, “is what we do. It is one of the things that makes our family special.” She took that in gravely, and I haven’t heard mention of store-bought things since.
Essex Farm in the News
We got a little shout out from the Washington Post this week, in a story on whole-diet CSAs in the DC area. The reporter called us because the farmers she interviewed had mentioned Essex Farm as an inspiration. That feels nice but the exciting part is the fact that there are enough whole-diet CSAs in the greater DC area (three!) to merit a story. We were aware of two of them but three makes it a movement.
We mark ten years on this farm on November 1st. I can’t wait to see what the next ten years will bring as this concept spreads across the country…” [Continue reading this Essex Farm Note.]
- Essex Farm: Preservation Tips (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Essex Farm: Glad to be Here (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Essex Farm: Nature Will Find a Way (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Essex Doodlebomb: Essex Horse Nail Company (essexny.us)
- Essex Farm: Empire Building (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)