In our first post Nick talked a little bit about the “hows” of purchasing from a CSA. But what about the “whys?” In the weeks and months to come, we will be documenting the farms we visit and the views of the farmers that work so hard to bring delicious wholesome food to our plates. But we have to stop and ask ourselves why? What motivates us to travel many miles to meet these hardworking individuals that toil over the land? What is behind the profound need to know our food growers and see from where our food comes? I do not believe one can begin this journey without first asking themselves these questions and finding answers that are right for them.
When Nick and I started this site we knew that there had to be others like us with the same desire to connect to local farmers, but not necessarily having the means to do so. It was then that we decided we not only wanted to represent ourselves in this process, but also others in search of the same knowledge and resources. Our mission is to develop a connection with the food growers of Wisconsin and come to a better understanding of the purest and most valuable forms of sustenance. Learning the ways, values and techniques of the local, small-town farmer, we will not only answer why we do what we do but why they do what they do.
Here are just a few reasons why we believe buying local and eating local is important:
The benefit of enjoying the highest quality of fresh and healthy food that is in season – Knowing the origin of your food is a valuable resource to which everyone should have access. Many times at the big-box grocery stores we are purchasing food that has traveled many miles with fillers and preservatives that are often unknown. Purchasing from a farm allows you the opportunity to have a dialogue with your farmer regarding the food that is grown so that you know exactly for what you are paying.
Support the “little guy,” not the food conglomerates – We can build a stronger local economy by putting the compensation back into the family farms that have the best interest of their communities in mind.
Reduce waste – Buying local can cut the upcharge one pays in transportation, packaging and marketing costs of commercial, store-bought foods.
Get creative and make it a family activity – Become an extension of the local farmer by starting your own home garden. Do not let space limit you. Patio and balcony gardens are a manageable and affordable way to grow. At the end of season, experiment with canning, drying and freezing your harvest to last you throughout the year, or share with family and friends.
Become a better steward of the land – help to preserve the natural world for our generation and generations to come by supporting sustainable growing practices that are better for you, your children and the planet.