This is likely to be the first year that I will not be actively involved in a fruit harvest of some sort or another. Why? Well, when I started Blue Marble Farms a few years ago I knew the two biggest obstacles that I had to staying in business were the facts I didn’t own a farm (a biggie!) and I was not independently wealthy (REALLY big in light of the fact I didn’t own the farm). Everything that Blue Marble Farms did received incredible feedback. Nonetheless, Blue Marble Farms is no more. But I am content. This season I have been doing incredibly important work helping other growers manage their crops (apples, onions, and lettuce) and implement food safety programs. What’s food safety? Well, it is about being responsible about growing and processing the food we eat. 99.9% of the time (unofficially) the food we eat is perfectly safe, however it is the other 0.01% of the time that bothers folks–often fatally.
We need safe food. We need clean food. And although my job right now is to help folks get certified and implement globally accepted food safety program, the fact is there is no better food safety program than buying local and knowing your farmers. Know your roots, or course.
My time at Stone Ridge Orchard has ended. I don’t regret a second I spent there. I do wish I could have finished out the year. But, alas, the winds of time have pushed me in another direction, to use my talents and expertise differently. I encourage everyone–all of my customers and readers–to buy local and organic (but definitely local) as much as possible. Support those that support you and a healthy environment and safe food supply.
Cheers and stick around for more from organic schmorganic, ’cause there is no doubt this train hasn’t reached its destination yet.