Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Joy of Good Food!

Mom: We have the really yellow eggs today from Rob and Tammy!
Child: The dark lellow oke?
M: Yup, so if you want an oatcake for breakfast it will be nice and yellow.
C: Yeah!!
M: Which egg should we use today? Brown, white, or green?
C: The green one!!
M: Remember the chickens on Rob and Tammy's farm that lay the green eggs?

Obviously, we were honored that this conversation was shared with us (some time ago this Summer).  But, this means more to us than a compliment to our hens for producing good tasting (and good for you) eggs.

We are hopeful that more parents converse with their children about the food they eat, where it comes from, who grew/raised it, how it was grown/raised, what processing went into it between the producer and the consumer and what is good or not so good about it.

Clearly, we have a vested interest in it.  We focus on growing food for local consumption and we do care what you think about it.  We hope you are satisfied with what we do and how we do it.  In fact, we are honored that so many of you actually care about what we do to raise good, healthy and safe food.  But, that's not the only reason we find the above conversation (and others like it) to be so important.

A conversation with a child about something as pervasive as food is a good way to teach them that it is important to think about things we often take for granted.  It encourages curiosity and a willingness to learn.   It establishes a positive habit that knowing a bit more about the things you buy is a good thing.

Have a good remainder of the weekend everyone!

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