As farmers, we spend copious amounts of time on the business of maintaining healthy animals and healthy land and it is the most time consuming part of our job. However, we also have to take the time to get our faces into the public and let them know who we are and what we do. We do this by attending events , but also opening our doors and allowing folks to see up close and personal what we do. We want to develop a relationship with our customers built on trust. It has been a challenge to connect with, and get product to them. We of course, are not a "Big Box" store and do not want to be one. We are trying to make this farm, make a living for us. Our store doesnot have standard hours and our product packaging is dissimilar from grocery stores. We are not available 24/7 and we may not always have what you want. In this world we have access to absolutely everything but don't really know where it comes from. That disconnect with the people who make, grow or raise what you eat, wear and consume is predominant and I I strongly believe that we are growing weary and distrustful of this way of living. We want to know who makes, grows and raises what we consume. Having said this, I know this is not an easy task. Families are busier than ever and would find the task of purchasing from local producers an overwhelming task. The thought of having to drive here to get your honey, there to get maple syrup, and elsewhere to pick up produce would raise your blood pressure just thinking about it. So what is the easy answer. There isn't one. This is something we have to take the time to do. In order for our area, community and district to grow and become more self sufficient we have to make the time. A community is similar to raising a family or running a household . It is work. If the population of a town of 6,000 were to spend just $10.00 per week on local it could boost our community economy. So let's take a peek at this. Ten dollars per person would make $60,000 per week. Sixty thousand dollars x 52 weeks is $3,120,000.00. That is a substantial amount of money and stays directly in our area. It has the ability to create possible opportunities for our youth. Wouldn't it be great for our children to see a future in this area. Wouldn't it be great to see downtown Mom and Pop stores thriving and wouldn't it be great to see a community working together!
There are days when I feel slightly "preachy". Today is one of them. But I see this as being a worthwhile sermon. I'm prepared to keep it up because of the outcome. I'm prepared to keep talking to people and encouraging them to purchase local to create healthy happy families, food security and community. We have an abundance of talented people who are creating some pretty great products! Let's work together to have more of these wonderful events that encourage camaraderie.We have nothing to lose and everything to gain!