Organic farmers have chosen a lifestyle that's not for the weak hearted. They work incredibly hard to make ends meet and gross very little. Not to mention the fact that they give their bodies to the earth and thereby to us, so we can have the very best produce possible without using chemicals - which would make their jobs so much easier for them.
Now, I'm not a farmer, in fact I've only tried my hand at herbs and flowers, but one day I hope to grow my own tomatoes, zucchinis, onions and bell peppers. I guess I've never really "needed" to grow my own so I never did. Coming from the big city, you'd think it would be difficult to find organic produce - but it's not. In fact, organic produce in Alameda is more readily accessible than it is here. Moreover, Berkeley Bowl, Alameda Natural Grocers, Encinal Market and of course Whole Foods carries organic produce all year-round.
I am so proud to be volunteering my time once a week at the farmer's market this year. I may not be a farmer, on the contrary I make hand crocheted bags and organic baked goods, but I stand alongside heroes of farming. People who proudly sport dirt under their nails and wild hair. In the morning while we're all setting-up our Quick Shades and tables, I watch the farmers proudly display their finery and sometimes I get a lump in my throat. I want to yell from the top of my lungs, "THANK YOU for planting, cultivating and sharing the fruits and vegetables we need, for being at the Grange rain or shine every Wednesday, and for saving me a trip to Eureka!" I guess you can say I'm their cheerleader.
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|Sylvia, sprucing up her lovely produce.|
|One of my favorite farmer's market supporters, Miriam!|
|A fan of Micky's Organic Kale Biscuits.|
|Virgil sings all day with amazing depth.|
I love his rendition of "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" by Johnny Cash.