Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Friends of ours share a beautiful farm with thier parents and will eventually take it over themselves one day. They have recently acquired around25 chickens and started selling the eggs by word of mouth. I just love the various sizes that come in one carton, the bright yellow/orange of the yolks, the way the whites just zoom out of the shell...so fresh!
For the past several weeks our friends have been delivering their eggs to interested people in our church. I have just loved watching these exchanges: people bringing back their cartons from the previous weeks to be reused, trading their hard earned dollars for farm fresh, hand gathered, lovingly raised free range eggs, seeing all the eggs cartons carefully labeled by name and date in the church frig. I love when agriculture & community take on this interconnected relationship: farmer and eater exchanging goods in person, talking about the chickens, how the weather is affecting production, what future plans of the farm are, and chatting about life, community, work, etc. Person to person, instead of farm to truck to store to consumer to table. It is amazing how much more valuable an investment becomes when it has a face & a name, when it is your neighbor. This is how all of us do more than merely eke out an existence or make ends meet, this is how we live a life: face-to-face.