I was asked to speak at a local event being held at the McKellar Community Center. Seedy
Saturday is a community event that is being run in partnership by Parry Sound and District Horticultural Society and The McKellar Farm Producers Market. Call Jane Saville at 705 389-1901 for more information on this hopefully annual event. There will be speakers throughout the day talking about issues relating to food. All though I declined (due to poor state of mind,rough winter!) it did make me contemplate how we produce food at our farm. Why did we choose this not so easy way of life? Why has this farm become so important to us? I came to the conclusion that the number one reason we work at this is that I know what I am eating. That is, I know what the animal ate, and most important how it lived. Content and happy animals are reflected in the quality of the meat. Many customers who have come to our barn and observe how we farm comment on the fact that they appreciate being able to see up front how the animals are being raised.
We live in the most dangerous time in history in terms of food security. Our food is being produced and processed in very few locations. How many times have we heard of huge plants, both vegetable and animal, being closed because of lethal bacteria that has made its way across the country. What would happen if our food plants were bombed? We are so centralized that we could effectively have our country starved. Sounds ominous I know , but it is a fact.
The good news is that there are options. We are capable of creating a secure food system! There are local producers throughout our area. Just to name a few, I purchase Honey from Pondering Rock farms, Fish from Lepages Fisheries, Garlic from Mandala Gardens, Lamb from Spring Valley Farms, Maple Syrup from Bradleys Maple Farm. There are many other producers in our area. Lochs Farm, producers of beef, honey and eggs, Reekies, producers of sweet corn, Bottrells, producers of beef and lamb. These are a handful of producers we know. I've missed many more I know and I apologize.
My wish would be for all of our local producers to have a network that is easily accessible to all and that new, young producers come on board as well. Is this achievable? Absolutely!! You as the customer have the power. The Ontario Table a" shop local" cookbook suggests "if Ontarians purchase $10.00 of local food per week, it would result in $2.4 billion pumped yearly into the agricultural community making it stronger and sustainable". A challenge and worthy goal.
My rant is over ,I will now step off of my podium and get back to bossing my family around, which they say I do quite well. Oh well, you have to be great at something!
As always check out our products. We have a great variety of sausage, some Roasting Chickens and Fresh Eggs(courtesy Katys Ladys). Reservations are being taken for Pork Boxes which will be available end of March. Click on OUR PRODUCTS for more information.
March Break will be our last Hoorah for Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides. There is still time to make reservations for this fun family event.
All products we offer are hormone and antibiotic free and processing is done at Sprucedale Meats.
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