Tuesdays are always a busy day for me. I wake up realizing that I will work until around 8pm. When you wake up at 7 and think…13 hours until my day is my own again, you feel overwhelmed, and breakfast is the last thing you want to do.
So usually on Tuesdays, I skip breakfast, even though I know I will be hungry by ten and have to figure out what to eat while juggling 10 things at work. This is why I was so happy to come in to work and find out that Dawn had brought in local goodies for lunch. On top of that, I will be farm sitting at TK Farms, and while I got a tour of my responsibilities I scored some local bacon.
I was pretty hangry (grumpiness associated with being too hungry) by lunch time, and so the bacon, field peas, and various vegetables were a welcomed meal. That is the great thing about the local food community. The joy you get from growing and sourcing your own food makes you always want to share. Living on an AmeriCorps stipend has been hard, and rewarding. I have learned that healthy food can wreak havoc on your budget, but in the long run it makes you function at a higher level. I love to share what I have grown, and I love to have food shared with me. Lunch was a delicious and upfliting reminder of why the local food movement is more than just growing local. It’s about community and coming together to share the harvest.
I spent my night helping folks at Ashley Meadows plan their fall gardens. My meetings here always make me happy. It is so amazing to see the joy that the families get from growing their own food and planning ahead for the months to come. I am always surprised by what they want to grow, and their innovative ways of gardening on a budget. The night spent planning fall gardens made me happy to go home and cook a tasty local meal of baked trout from Mountain Valley Farms, roast potatoes from my home garden, and sautéed cabbage and zucchini. The cabbage was grown at the Mill Spring Ag Center and the zucchini was a gracious gift from one of the kids at Ashley Meadows. (It was longer than his arm!)
My week of eating local hasn’t forced me out of my comfort zone, but has made me appreciative of the community and love built around the farming community in Polk County.
Agricultural Outreach Coordinator